Urijah Faber and Dustin Ortiz are going to headline Copa Podio: California grappling event this Sunday at Vacaville High School in Vacaville, California.
The two men will compete against each other in a submission grappling bout in the main event slot. UFC veterans Danny Castillo and Carlos Rocha are also scheduled to face each other in a no-gi bout in California.
Both men suffered defeats in their last Octagon appearance and will now look to return to their winning ways in competition.
“Itching to compete! March 8th sub grappling match w @dustinortizmma on the horizon! First event for @firstname.lastname@example.org here in Nor-Cal. @fabiopradobjj hoping Sacramento’s grappling community is ready!”. – Urijah Faber said on his Instagram.
Faber suffered a vicious knockout loss at the hands of Petr Yan back at UFC 245. “The California Kid” entered the bout after a huge win over the rising prospect Ricky Simon, but the Russian prove to be too much for the veteran.
Meanwhile, Ortiz, hasn’t been seen in the Octagon since his unanimous decision loss to Joseph Benavidez in January 2019. Ortiz had previously been offered a release from the UFC, but decided to fight Benavidez instead. His future in MMA still remains somewhat uncertain.
Faber has won by submission 17 times in his professional MMA career, although his last win by submission was back at UFC 181 against Francisco Rivera, when he forced his opponent to tap via bulldog choke.
Ortiz, on the other hand, has just 4 submission wins in his professional career, with his last one being almost a decade ago in June of 2010 against Forrest Beard.
This article first appeared on CLOSEDGUARDMEDIA.com on 4th March, 2020.