Brian Ortega is full of self-confidence after his victory over Frankie Edgar. Looking into the future, he has something to say about his match with a current Featherweight Champion, Max Holloway.
In the co-main event of UFC 222, despite being an underdog, Brian Ortega demonstrated the brutality of an uppercut. A former Lightweight champ, and two-times Featherweight challenger, Frankie Edgar, fell on his back like a wrecking ball. Brian Ortega improved his score to 6-0, plus 1 no contest, and all of his victories came by a knockout or a submission.
Frankie Edgar faced Brian Ortega cause Max Holloway had to withdraw due to an injury. Brian Ortega claimed contender No.1 position by his victory over Holloway. Ortega is more than sure that the match between him and Max Holloway will be the biggest Featherweight fight since the legendary fight between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor at UFC 194. (quoted by MMAMania.com)
“I love (Holloway’s) style. People said it and I’m saying it again, I feel like this is one of the biggest fights in the UFC featherweight division since Conor and Aldo,” Ortega told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour on Monday. “It’s going to be a great pay-per-view, you’ve got two young guys who are hungry, I feel like we have similar backgrounds. He’s always stayed with his team from the beginning, so did I. He’s got a group of friends, I’ve got my group of friends. He loves surfing, I love surfing.
“Hawaiian vs. Mexican, we both like to scrap. I love this fight. These are the fights that I look forward to and I’m happy that I’m going to be able to be there for a full 25 minutes this time and fighting for the world title.”
Max Holloway is interested in this match, and he only tweeted “@UFC 226”. Holloway is currently injured. The pay-per-view event is scheduled for July 7th, and the headline of the event will be the fight between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier for UFC Heavyweight Title.
— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) March 4, 2018
Dana White agreed at UFC-222 post-fight press conference that the match should be held as soon as possible. Brian Ortega was talking to UFC Unfiltered past week, claiming that Dana White guaranteed he will be the next competitor to challenge Max Holloway. However, Ortega doesn’t plan to celebrate.
“It’s so surreal, but I’m not celebrating until I get that belt,” he said on UFC Unfiltered. “I’m staying with my blinders on and work ethic still in.”