Brian Ortega Issues Statement On His Stoppage Loss To Max Holloway
Yesterday’s UFC 231 Pay-Per-View event went down from inside Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, delivered some great fights which include the main headliner bout where undefeated Brian Ortega entered into the Octagon against division’s champion Max Holloway in a hope to win the featherweight title.
Brian Ortega who’s dangerous jiu-jitsu practitioners absorb some hard punches from Holloway and dangerously continue into the fight. ‘Blessed’ landed significant strikes throughout the fight and ‘T City’ without fear routinely responded with sneaky counter shots.
The third frame was insane as Ortega found some success, landed some powerful shot including spinning elbow and able to wobbled Holloway with a pair of rights late in the round and instantly took him down to the mat. But before ‘T City’ could apply a choke, ‘Blessed’ slipped out of the trouble and got back on his feet.
By the fourth round, Holloway unloaded ferocious combinations and right hands that injured Ortega’s left eye. ‘T-City’ stand like a tough dude. The damage was done, Ortega could get more unnecessary damage, the referee stepped in and wave off the fight.
This afternoon Ortega took to social media and issued a classy statement revealing he suffered multiple injuries, a broken nose, and thumb as well agree with the doctor’s stoppage.
“Doctor stopped it and I agree,” he said, before updating on his injuries. “Broken nose and a broken thumb I was willing to die in there. Last night was Max’s night. I’ll be back. Thank you to everyone who’s always believed in me and supported me.”
Like ‘T City’ agree with the stoppage, UFC president Dana White also believes the decision was right.
”I wanted them to stop that fight going into the fifth round,” White said at the UFC 231 post-fight press conference (h/t MMA Mania).“I was hoping that either the referee or the corner would stop that fight. That fight needed to be stopped. For all of us in here that have been in the fight game for a long time, that’s what you call, ‘Too tough for your own good.’”
”I believe he could have done the fifth round, I believe he would have done the fifth round,” he added. “But, it should never have happened. That fifth round should never have happened and I’m glad it didn’t. He’s a young, talented guy and I think going into that 5th round would have been very bad for him, health wise. Fourth round wasn’t good for him health-wise, and definitely not the fifth round. So I commend the doctor here in Toronto for stopping that fight, he did a great job.”
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