Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega Title Fight Targeted For UFC 231
After being pulled out of UFC 226’s main event following concussion-like symptoms, with rumors of water loading and stroke, now UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway is ready to return to Octagon for a title defense against Brian Ortega.
According to MMAJunkie, both parties agreed to throw down at UFC 231 on December 8 in Toronto Ontario, Canada. Bout agreement isn’t signed yet, but the matchup is expected to finalized soon.
Holloway hasn’t fought in 2018 at all. ‘Blessed’ agreed to step in on short notice fight against Khabib Nurmagomeodv at UFC 223 but deemed unfit to compete and forced to pull out. Then at UFC 226 he was once again pulled off from his title defense against Brian Ortega due to unexplained concussion-like symptoms. He was under UFC observation with further evaluation of health scare and recently Hawaiian update us on his condition that he’s feeling much better, ready to return to Octagon soon.
Undefeated Ortega (14-0) last fought earlier in March where he scored a stunning first-round knockout win over Frankie Edgar. That win put him into a title situation. ‘T-City’ turned down the short notice interim title fight against Jeremy Stephen at UFC 226, as Ortega only wanted to fight Holloway for the undisputed title.
UFC 231 is set to take place at the Scotiabank Arena on December 8th.