Brian Ortega Offers His Thoughts On Max Holloway vs. Dustin Poirier II

An interim UFC lightweight title will be implemented at UFC 236. The show goes down from the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia on April 13th. Featherweight champion Max Holloway jumps up to 155 pounds to take on the No. 3-ranked Dustin Poirier for the honors. Recently, former 145-pound title challenger Brian Ortega caught up […]

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An interim UFC lightweight title will be implemented at UFC 236.

The show goes down from the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia on April 13th. Featherweight champion Max Holloway jumps up to 155 pounds to take on the No. 3-ranked Dustin Poirier for the honors. Recently, former 145-pound title challenger Brian Ortega caught up with Bloody Elbow to give his thoughts on the match-up.

In his last outing, “T-City” was handed the first loss of his professional fighting career by Holloway. The Californian said he thinks the match-up has potential to be Fight Of The Night:

“I’m not too sure, man. I know they fought before. I know Dustin got the better of him when they were young. I think both evolved into very good fighters. Max is not the same Max and Dustin is not the same Dustin. The key points that both of them have: obviously Max has the conditioning, the cardio, being able to throw punches in bunches.

“Then also, Dustin has other hidden weapons that he doesn’t use, and he has great striking as well. I feel like these are the fights I love to watch, because they’re fights you don’t know who to root with, or who to go with — because they’re both so good that they could finish each other. Those are the fights you want to see because that’s how you get fight of the night.”

Poirier and Holloway have fought before. “The Diamond” defeated Holloway for the first time in his fighting career back in 2012. The bout was also the Hawaiian’s first in the UFC. Poirier won the fight in the first round via submission.

Fast-forward seven years later, and Holloway is the king at 145 pounds, Poirier is up at lightweight, and the pair will headline one of the biggest events of the year.

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Brian Ortega Gives His Take On Holloway vs. Poirier 2 At UFC 236

Brian Ortega has weighed in on the rematch between Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier. Back in Feb. 2012, Holloway was submitted by Poirier in his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut. Fast forward to 2019 and Holloway is the featherweight champion,…

Brian Ortega has weighed in on the rematch between Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier. Back in Feb. 2012, Holloway was submitted by Poirier in his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut. Fast forward to 2019 and Holloway is the featherweight champion, while Poirier is the third ranked lightweight. The two will collide once again, this time […]

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Brian Ortega Calls Out Jose Aldo For Vacant UFC Title

Brian Ortega has a big fight on his mind for his Octagon return. “T-City” is coming off a failed UFC featherweight title bid against Max Holloway. Now, he’d like to fight the next best option, that being No. 1-ranked ex-featherweight king Jose Aldo. In a recent interview with MMA Fighting, Ortega said he’d like to […]

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Brian Ortega has a big fight on his mind for his Octagon return.

“T-City” is coming off a failed UFC featherweight title bid against Max Holloway. Now, he’d like to fight the next best option, that being No. 1-ranked ex-featherweight king Jose Aldo.

In a recent interview with MMA Fighting, Ortega said he’d like to share the cage with “Scarface” next, possibly with the vacant 145-pound title if Holloway emerges victorious in his interim lightweight title bout:

“That’s the only fight I see that makes sense for both of us,” Ortega said. “We’re at the top, we’re the two guys at the top, No. 1 and No. 2. Everyone else we pretty much beat except the newcomers and this is the fight that makes sense.

“This is the fight that the fans are gonna want to see and the one thing we have in common is that we both got beat by Max. It’s going to be a great time to fight him and prove who deserves to get the title shot again.

“And if Max decides to stay up at lightweight then we can make this fight happen for the belt.”

Jose Aldo is thriving at the moment, currently on a two-fight win streak. He owns knockout wins over Jeremy Stephens and Renato Moicano. He’s currently on his first win streak since 2014. Aldo is admittedly in the final stages of his UFC career, and has said in the past he has no interest in fighting for a UFC title.

Perhaps he’ll make an exception to test himself against the 28-year-old jiu-jitsu ace.

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Brian Ortega Wants Jose Aldo Fight For Vacant Featherweight Title

Brian Ortega is itching to get back into the Octagon. After a harsh defeat to current featherweight champion Max Holloway, “T-City” believes another 145-pound title fight could be on his horizon. This one against all-time featherweight grea…

Brian Ortega is itching to get back into the Octagon. After a harsh defeat to current featherweight champion Max Holloway, “T-City” believes another 145-pound title fight could be on his horizon. This one against all-time featherweight great Jose Aldo. Speaking to MMA Fighting recently, Ortega made his case for a fight against Aldo next, with […]

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Renato Moicano Hopes To Rebound Against Brian Ortega Or Frankie Edgar

Renato Moicano is itching to return to the Octagon after falling short in his last outing. Moicano was last seen in action earlier this month. He went one-on-one against one of the all-time greats, Jose Aldo in the co-main event of UFC on ESPN+ 2. Aldo…

Renato Moicano is itching to return to the Octagon after falling short in his last outing. Moicano was last seen in action earlier this month. He went one-on-one against one of the all-time greats, Jose Aldo in the co-main event of UFC on ESPN+ 2. Aldo ended up scoring a second-round TKO victory. It’s the […]

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Kevin Lee: It’s Too Soon To Call Holloway GOAT

After his showing this past weekend (Sat. December 8, 2018) at UFC 223, many are already putting UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway in the GOAT dicussion. Holloway successfully defended his 145-pound title against Brian Ortega in the main event. The Hawaiian was pretty dominant in the match-up, clearly the superior striker through the four rounds […]

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After his showing this past weekend (Sat. December 8, 2018) at UFC 223, many are already putting UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway in the GOAT dicussion.

Holloway successfully defended his 145-pound title against Brian Ortega in the main event. The Hawaiian was pretty dominant in the match-up, clearly the superior striker through the four rounds they shared the Octagon. Ortega refused to go down, but was battered pretty badly. In fact, he likely made it through half of the fight on heart alone. 

Recently, there has been talk of Holloway potentially moving up to lightweight. That would mean he’d be facing the likes of top-ranked 155 pounders such as Kevin Lee. Lee will compete this weekend at UFC on FOX 31.

Speaking on “The MMA Hour,” Lee discussed Holloway being tossed into the discussion for GOAT. Lee said people throw fighters into that mix way too fast nowadays (via MMA Mania):

“I feel like in time maybe people will stop doing that. We are talking about something bigger than that. I feel like people are too short-sighted. You win one fight and all of a sudden you are the GOAT,” Lee said.

“And this is no disrespect to Max at all. Max is one of the very few fighters in the game that I got a lot of respect for and actually consider a good friend. He looked amazing, really. We are all kind of the same generation. I feel like me and him both are in the new generation of fighter.

“He set the bar last week and it has given me a bit more motivation, a bit more fuel to go out there and put a show on. But, I feel like that’s not the way you get it done. That’s not the way you become a superstar by automatically let’s just bump up.”

Lee went on to compare the situation to that of UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Immediately after his win over Conor McGregor in October, Khabib called out Floyd Mayweather Jr. for a boxing fight:

“You see the same thing with Khabib. I told this to Ali, you win one fight and all of a sudden you want to fight Floyd Mayweather for $100 million. Come on, this is not how this game works. It’s a marathon.

“Keep putting in the work, keep taking out No. 1 contenders and then maybe you will get there eventually. You talk about guys like Georges St-Pierre who had to defend the title nine or ten times before they started saying that. I feel that is the way the sport should really be. Let’s get back to the real sport, let’s get back to, we’ve already seen it.

“Why do you want Khabib to fight Floyd? It’s not even a great fight. Why do you want Max to come up and fight somebody like Khabib or like me? It’s unfair for him to even have to, that’s a lot of weight. People do not understand, we are competitors.

“We are just too big and too strong. It’s too big of a disadvantage. I feel like it needs to be a clear playing field, and then that’s when you really see the best fight.”

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