Brian Ortega To Ilia Topuria, ‘You Can’t Use Your Mouth To Come Up Here’

Brian Ortega urges Ilia Topuria to move up the rankings with his fighting not with his talking before calling him out.

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Credit Brian Ortega and Ilia Topuria on Instagram

Brian Ortega would welcome a fight with Ilia Topuria if he reaches his level. 

The UFC featherweight division is a stacked one. Now that champion Alexander Volkanovski has finished his quest for lightweight gold, he is returning to defend his title. He will be taking on interim champion Yair Rodriguez later this year, but there is a whole list of contenders waiting for their shot. One man in line is Brian Ortega.  
Ortega was the last man to fight Rodriguez in Long Island last summer. The fight was meant to be a title contender bout but during the fight, Ortega was injured in the very first round. This injury led to Rodriguez being declared the winner and he went on to fight for the interim title. “T-City” has been out healing from his injury but will soon be ready for a return. 

Brian Ortega thinks Ilia Topuria needs to use his fighting to rise in the rankings not his mouth

Ortega would accept any challenge the UFC throws his way but believes one certain name who has been calling him out is not quite at that level yet. Number nine-ranked Topuria has been calling for a fight with Ortega. His calls have been heard but Ortega still has a little work left to do before he is ready to return to the Octagon. He spoke about this to The Schmo on YouTube.

“I got three weeks left of kind of just working through this process of these training scenarios and things that I’m doing right now. Three weeks to a month is what they finally are giving me to say hey man, you can finally just train full blast,” he said. “I see people like Topuria calling me out you know constantly. I see it and two things come to mind, one, I never back out of any fight. I fought the best of the best, I fought the people that you wish that you can fight. Two is I’m not even able to fight, so let me get back on my on my sh-t.”

Ortega is not one to back down from any fight but he wants to fight against people who are ranked close to him. If Topuria could win his next fight and rises in the rankings perhaps this might be a bout that interests Ortega. However, he feels that rising up the ranking should be done with fists, not with mouths.

“I’ll gladly humble someone if I have to,” he said. “Once they’re on their way up to where I’m at then you can come join me but you can’t use your mouth to come up here. This is the fighting world you can only do so much with mouth, you know and this time you’re gonna have to fight so I know he has a fight lined up good for him and after if he earns his way up let’s do it.”

Ortega is a fan-favorite fighter who has been on the cusp of a UFC title a couple of times. Once he is fully recovered he plans on returning to his true form and could be in line for a title very soon. If Rodriguez should beat Volkanovski when they fight that would be a bout that is of interest to Ortega, considering how the last meeting between them ended. 

Published on March 29, 2023 at 10:02 am
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