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Midnight Mania! ‘Corrupt cops’ strand Brian Ortega in Mexico

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Top-ranked Featherweight contender Brian Ortega is rumored to be in talks to fight high-flying finisher Yair Rodriguez, but “T-City” has a more immediate problem on his hands. After a run-in with local police, Ortega is stranded in Mexico without his license, meaning he’s unable to make it through the border and return to the states (h/t MMANews).

The full details of the incident are unclear, but Ortega posted on his Instagram story to explain a bit. He wrote, “B—ch ass corrupt cops wanted my money I told them f—k you so they took my license so I won’t be able to get back home.”

Hopefully, Ortega has the resources and connections necessary to stay safe until his situation is resolved. UFC may be able to help, as the promotion has many connections and is constantly working on various visa and immigration issues.

Ortega was last in the Octagon in September 2021, losing a five-round war to current 145-pound kingpin Alexander Volkanovski. Currently, he’s ranked at No. 2 in the official Featherweight rankings.

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