Max Holloway, Brian Ortega Stardown Ahead Of UFC 231
UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway is physically feeling better and ready to defend his title against rising contender Brian Ortega at UFC 231 on December 8.
This past summer Holloway was expected to defend his strap against Ortega at UFC 226, but two days before the showdown, ‘Blessed’ pulled out of the card citing “concussion-like symptoms.” Earlier this year, “Blessed” had to withdraw from a fight against Frankie Edgar due to a leg injury and then in April, he was forced out due to botched weight cut when stepped in on short notice against Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Recently both Holloway and Ortega faced off in Toronto during a public appearance to promote their upcoming bout. Holloway took to Twitter to share a picture:
Winter is coming 🦈 pic.twitter.com/VkJ9fyNVch
— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) October 11, 2018
In a recent interview with MMAJunkie, Holloway opens up about his own battle with depression that he has been struggling throughout this year.
“I feel great. I can’t wait. The symptoms never ever came back ever since. We’ve been getting after it in training, too, so I feel great, I just can’t wait until December comes around, and I get to remind everybody who’s the undisputed champion.”
Holloway last fought at UFC 218 when he scored a technical knockout win over Jose Aldo.
Meanwhile, undefeated Ortega is riding high since his knockout win over former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar in the first round last March.
UFC 231 PPV event is set to take place inside the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on December 8. The card also features a women’s flyweight title fight between former 115-pound champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and former bantamweight title contender Valentina Shevchenko.
Who do you think between Holloway and Ortega will come out victorious?