Rising contender Brian Ortega stole UFC Featherweight title fight from Frankie Edgar by knocking him out at UFC 222 on (March 3, 2018) in Las Vegas-becoming the first man to ever finish the MMA veteran. Shortly after, division champion Max Holloway took to social media to lay down the gauntlet.
Initially, Max Holloway was scheduled to face Frankie Edgar for a title defense, but an injury forced him out. Now Holloway is healing up and is looking forward to Ortega’s matchup:(Quote via MMAMania)
“I’m excited about this fight. More people are talking about this fight than when I was matched up with Frankie. Finally I’m fighting a guy that they’ve watched grow up. This is a new era, new faces and a fresh matchup,” said Holloway on a recent interview on “Below the Belt” with Brendan Schaub.
Undefeated Brian Ortega 14-0-1 has made a rapid rise up the ranks in his past couple of fights after he submitted Cub Swanson this past December before accepting a short notice fight with Edgar.
Holloway said he would like to return in July once he recuperates completely with hopes of co-headlining the upcoming International Fight Week card at UFC 226 alongside the super fight featuring heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.
“I’m so excited for the challenge, I am looking forward to this one. I can’t wait to do the damn thing. He is dangerous, he is dangerous everywhere. He has always proven to be dangerous as a grappler, but his striking has been coming along that last couple of fights. Like I say, when I see danger, I want to walk right into the middle of the fire and I want to test it. Whenever that date is, we are going to find out.”
Are you excited to see this super fight? Who do you think will come out on top?