Kicking things off on the Fox portion of the prelims are the featherweights, as Resurrection Fighting Alliance vet Brian Ortega will make his UFC debut against Mike De La Torre.
Ortega, the champion in RFA, is a jiu-jitsu fighter with a knack for finding the triangle choke. He is an awesome grappler, especially off his back, as he is comfortable wherever he ends up on the ground. His last two wins were his biggest, as he choked out Jordan Rinaldi and won a Fight of the Year candidate opposite Keoni Koch.
As for De La Torre, the MMA Lab rep made his debut on short notice in his latest outing, dropping a close decision to longtime UFC vet Mark Bocek. In that fight, he showed solid takedown defense and very good striking.
This fight should be very entertaining. Ortega is tough as nails and a stud on the ground, while De La Torre is an aggressive power puncher with underrated submission skills. However, Ortega will find a way to finish this bout via his signature triangle choke.
Prediction: Ortega def. De La Torre via submission