Dustin Ortiz

Dustin Ortiz (born December 25, 1988) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Flyweight division and is currently signed to the Brave CF. A professional competitor since 2010, Ortiz has also formerly competed for the UFC, RFA, Tachi Palace Fights, King of the Cage and Strikeforce.[4]

Dustin Ortiz
Born (1988-12-25) December 25, 1988 (age 32)
Franklin, Tennessee, United States
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)[1]
Weight125 lb (57 kg; 8 st 13 lb)
Reach65 in (165 cm)[2]
Fighting out ofFranklin, Tennessee, United States
TeamRoufusport (until 2016)[3]
Combat Sports Academy (2016–present)[3]
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ray Casias
Years active2010–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout8
By submission4
By decision7
By submission1
By decision8
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Born and raised in Franklin, Tennessee, Ortiz competed in wrestling at Franklin High School where he was a standout. After graduating, Ortiz was working in construction before being drawn to mixed martial arts.[4]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Ortiz made his professional MMA debut in February 2010, fighting Lucas Thomas at GFC 6, which Ortiz won via first round submission. Ortiz then signed a contract with Strikeforce, but only fought two times with the promotion, he beat Justin Pennington and Matt Horning in his two fights with Strikeforce. Ortiz made his King of the Cage debut in August 2012. In his first fight with KOTC he beat Thiago Veiga by unanimous decision. Ortiz took a small break from MMA shortly after, but returned in January 2013, fighting at RFA 6, he beat Aaron Ely by split decision. Ortiz returned to King of the Cage in what would be his last independent fight before signing with UFC, he fought MMA veteran Mike French to a unanimous decision win.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

It was announced Ortiz would be making his debut at UFC Fight Night 27 against Justin Scoggins,[5] but the bout was removed from the card for unknown reasons.[6]

Ortiz instead made his debut against Jose Maria Tome at UFC Fight Night 32 in November 2013.[7] He won the fight via TKO in the third round.

Ortiz faced John Moraga on January 15, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 35.[8] He lost the fight via split decision.

Ortiz was expected to face Alptekin Ozkilic on April 11, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 39.[9] However, on April 3, the fight was cancelled due to an injury to Ozkilic.[10] Subsequently, Ortiz was quickly rescheduled and faced promotional newcomer Ray Borg on April 19, 2014 at UFC on Fox 11.[11] Ortiz edged out Borg for a split decision victory.

Ortiz faced Juan Ramirez on May 7, 2014 at the World Championship, winning via Submission (armbar)

Ortiz faced Justin Scoggins on July 6, 2014 at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale.[12] He won the fight via split decision.

Ortiz faced Joseph Benavidez on November 22, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 57.[13] Ortiz lost the back-and-forth fight via unanimous decision.[14]

A rematch with Ian McCall was expected to take place on August 8, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 73.[15] However, McCall pulled out of the fight in late July citing injury and was replaced by Willie Gates.[16] Ortiz dominated the fight with his wrestling and won via TKO in the third round.[17]

Ortiz faced Wilson Reis on January 30, 2015 at UFC on Fox 18.[18] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[19]

Ortiz next faced Jussier Formiga on September 24, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 95.[20] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[21]

Ortiz faced Zach Makovsky on December 10, 2016 at UFC 206.[22] He won the fight via split decision.[23]

Ortiz next faced Brandon Moreno on April 22, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 108.[24] He lost the fight via submission in the second round.[25]

Ortiz faced Hector Sandoval on August 5, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 114.[26] He won the fight via knockout just fifteen seconds into the first round, the fastest knockout in UFC Flyweight history.[27] The win also earned Ortiz his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[28]

Ortiz faced Alexandre Pantoja on January 20, 2018 at UFC 220.[29] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[30]

Ortiz faced Matheus Nicolau on July 28, 2018 at UFC on Fox 30.[31] He won the fight via knockout due to a head kick and follow-up punches in the first round.[32]

A rematch with Joseph Benavidez took place on January 19, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 143.[33] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[34]

In an interview in January 2019, Henry Cejudo revealed that Ortiz was released from the UFC.[35] In February 2019, Ortiz clarified that he was offered a release from his contract but opted to fight Benavidez as the last fight of his contract.[36]

Post-UFC careerEdit

After his release from the UFC, Ortiz signed with the Brave CF. His first bout in the Flyweight tournament was a Quarter-final bout against fellow UFC veteran Ali Bagautinov on April 1, 2021 at Brave CF 50. [37] Despite keeping the bout competitive, Ortiz lost via unanimous decision. [38]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
28 matches 19 wins 9 losses
By knockout 8 0
By submission 4 1
By decision 7 8
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 19–9 Ali Bagautinov Decision (unanimous) Brave CF 50 April 1, 2021 3 5:00 Arad, Bahrain Flyweight Tournament Quarter-Final Bout.
Loss 19–8 Joseph Benavidez Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw January 19, 2019 3 5:00 Brooklyn, New York, United States
Win 19–7 Matheus Nicolau KO (head kick and punches) UFC on Fox: Alvarez vs. Poirier 2 July 28, 2018 1 3:49 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Win 18–7 Alexandre Pantoja Decision (unanimous) UFC 220 January 20, 2018 3 5:00 Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 17–7 Hector Sandoval KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Pettis vs. Moreno August 5, 2017 1 0:15 Mexico City, Mexico Performance of the Night.
Loss 16–7 Brandon Moreno Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Lobov April 22, 2017 2 4:06 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Win 16–6 Zach Makovsky Decision (split) UFC 206 December 10, 2016 3 5:00 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Loss 15–6 Jussier Formiga Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Cyborg vs. Lansberg September 24, 2016 3 5:00 Brasília, Brazil
Loss 15–5 Wilson Reis Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Bader January 30, 2016 3 5:00 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 15–4 Willie Gates TKO (elbows and punches) UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Saint Preux August 8, 2015 3 2:58 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Loss 14–4 Joseph Benavidez Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Swanson November 22, 2014 3 5:00 Austin, Texas, United States
Win 14–3 Justin Scoggins Decision (split) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn Finale July 6, 2014 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13–3 Ray Borg Decision (split) UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. Browne April 19, 2014 3 5:00 Orlando, Florida, United States
Loss 12–3 John Moraga Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Philippou January 15, 2014 3 5:00 Duluth, Georgia, United States
Win 12–2 José Maria Tomé TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson November 9, 2013 3 3:19 Goiânia, Brazil
Win 11–2 Mike French Decision (unanimous) KOTC: Train Wreck January 27, 2013 3 5:00 Lac Du Flambeau, Wisconsin, United States
Win 10–2 Aaron Ely Decision (split) RFA 6 January 18, 2013 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 9–2 Thiago Veiga Decision (unanimous) KOTC: Sudden Strike August 4, 2012 3 5:00 Walker, Minnesota, United States
Loss 8–2 Josh Robinson Decision (split) NAFC: Colosseum May 4, 2012 3 5:00 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States Catchweight (130 lbs) bout.
Win 8–1 Josh Rave TKO (doctor stoppage) TPF 11: Redemption December 2, 2011 3 4:38 Lemoore, California, United States
Loss 7–1 Ian McCall Decision (unanimous) TPF 9 May 6, 2011 3 5:00 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 7–0 Matt Horning TKO (punches) Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Saffiedine January 7, 2011 3 2:10 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Win 6–0 Cory Alexander TKO (punches) GFC: Gameness Fight Championship 8 October 9, 2010 3 4:46 Nashville, Tennessee, United States Won the GFC Flyweight Championship.
Win 5–0 Andrew Higgins TKO (punches) GFC: Gameness Fight Series July 15, 2010 2 3:52 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Win 4–0 Forrest Beard Submission (rear-naked choke) GFC: Gameness Fight Championship 7 June 19, 2010 1 1:28 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Win 3–0 Lucas Thomas Submission (punches) GFC: Gameness Fight Series May 20, 2010 1 1:15 Goodlettsville, Tennessee, United States
Win 2–0 Justin Pennington Submission (rear-naked choke) Strikeforce: Nashville April 17, 2010 1 4:27 Nashville, Tennessee, United States Flyweight debut.
Win 1–0 Lucas Thomas Submission (arm-triangle choke) GFC: Gameness Fighting Championship 6 February 20, 2010 1 1:00 Nashville, Tennessee, United States


See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Werdum vs. Browne". UFC.com. Archived from the original on November 19, 2014. Retrieved April 21, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b John Hyon Ko (July 21, 2018). "Interview: Dustin Ortiz (UFC Flyweight)" (Podcast).
  4. ^ a b "Dustin Ortiz - Official UFC® Fighter Profile - UFC.com".
  5. ^ "Flyweights Dustin Ortiz, Justin Scoggins meet at UFC Fight Night 27".
  6. ^ "UFC signs two new flyweights, immediately scratches fight between them".
  7. ^ "Flyweights Jose Maria, Dustin Ortiz added to UFC Fight Night 32 in Brazil".
  8. ^ Staff (2013-12-05). "John Moraga vs. Dustin Ortiz added to UFC Fight Night 35 in Georgia". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-12-05. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Jacob Cooper. "Five fights added to UFC Fight Night in Abu Dhabi". cagepages.com. Retrieved 2014-02-25. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ Matt Erickson (2014-04-03). "Alptekin Ozkilic out of UFC Fight Night 39 bout with Dustin Ortiz". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-04-03. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ Jason Floyd (2014-04-11). "Undefeated flyweight Ray Borg signs with UFC, meets Dustin Ortiz at UFC on FOX 11". themmareport.com. Retrieved 2014-04-11. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ Staff (2014-05-05). "Dustin Ortiz vs. Justin Scoggins added to TUF 19 Finale in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-05-05. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ Staff (2014-08-26). "Joseph Benavidez vs. Dustin Ortiz booked for UFC Fight Night 57 in Austin". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-08-26. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  15. ^ Dave Doyle (2015-06-16). "Flyweight contenders Ian McCall, Dustin Ortiz meet in Nashville". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2015-06-16. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ Staff (2015-07-23). "UFC Fight Night 73 fight card lineup finalized following Uriah Hall and Dustin Ortiz receiving new opponents". themmareport.com. Retrieved 2015-07-23. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  18. ^ Gabriel Carvalho (2015-12-25). "Wilson Reis faces Dustin Ortiz at UFC on Fox 18 (Brazilian Portuguese)". olimpomma.com. Retrieved 2015-12-25. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  19. ^ Steven Marrocco (2016-01-30). "UFC on FOX 18 results: Wilson Reis puts on clinic for decision over Dustin Ortiz". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-01-30. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  20. ^ Staff (2016-08-03). "Jussier Formiga faces Dustin Ortiz in flyweight bout at UFC Fight Night 95 in Brazil". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-08-03. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  21. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-09-24). "UFC Fight Night 95 results: Jussier Formiga cruise to unanimous decision over Dustin Ortiz". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-09-24. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  22. ^ Staff (2016-11-07). "Ortiz replaces Moraga on UFC 206 card". tsn.ca. Retrieved 2016-11-07. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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