UFC 231 Preview: What Are the Biggest and Best Fights Set for Toronto?

The penultimate pay-per-view of 2019, UFC 231, is fast approaching. While it’s not a card designed to attract a large audience, lacking a mainstream star like Conor McGregor and taking …

The penultimate pay-per-view of 2019, UFC 231, is fast approaching. While it’s not a card designed to attract a large audience, lacking a mainstream star like Conor McGregor and taking …

Brian Ortega Claims Backup Opponent In Place For UFC 231

It looks like the UFC isn’t willing to let another UFC featherweight title fight slip through the cracks.

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The UFC doesn’t want to lose out on another featherweight title fight. Brian Ortega claims there’s a backup plan in place.

Current 145-pound champion Max Holloway will defend his strap against Ortega in December. The bout will go down at UFC 231 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on December 8th on pay-per-view (PPV). Speaking to MMA Junkie recently, “T-City” revealed he has been told a backup fighter has been put on standby for the bout:

“They say they have a replacement,” Ortega said. “They haven’t said the name. I don’t know who it is. I don’t care. If it’s for the real featherweight title, count on me being there.”

Ortega and Holloway were initially set to fight at UFC 226 this past summer. Unfortunately, Holloway was unable to fight as he was pulled for “concussion-like symptoms.” Ortega was offered a replacement opponent. But he wanted to wait for the title shot against Holloway.

Now, he will finally get his chance to test himself against “The Blessed One.” Holloway won the UFC featherweight title in June of last year. He finished 145-pound great Jose Aldo in Brazil for the feat. Six months later, Holloway doubled down by retaining his title against “Scarface” with another knockout win.

Ortega comes into his title opportunity on a hot streak. He is undefeated in his fighting career and has earned all of his victories in the UFC via finish.

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Max Holloway Faces Off With Brian Ortega (Photo)

Max Holloway is back, and he’s ready to defend his featherweight title. “The Blessed One” will step back into the Octagon this December at UFC 231. He’ll defend his strap against Brian “T-City” Ortega in the pay-per-…

Max Holloway is back, and he’s ready to defend his featherweight title. “The Blessed One” will step back into the Octagon this December at UFC 231. He’ll defend his strap against Brian “T-City” Ortega in the pay-per-view’s (PPV) main event. Initially, the pair were scheduled to fight at UFC 226 this past summer. Unfortunately, the […]

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Max Holloway Chronicles Harrowing Journey Back to the Octagon

Max Holloway is finally ready to make his long-awaited return to the Octagon in the UFC 231 headliner when he finally takes on undefeated featherweight rising star Brian Ortega in a highly anticipated encounter for the featherweight championship. But i…

Max Holloway is finally ready to make his long-awaited return to the Octagon in the UFC 231 headliner when he finally takes on undefeated featherweight rising star Brian Ortega in a highly anticipated encounter for the featherweight championship. But it has been a road paved with mystery, depression, and hardship. In an interview with MMAjunkie, […]

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Brian Ortega Reveals Max Holloway Will Be Stripped Of Featherweight Title If He Can’t Compete At UFC 231

Brian Ortega reveals that Max Holloway must relinquish the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight title if he can’t make it to UFC 231. Ortega and Holloway were set to do battle back in July for UFC 226. “Blessed’ was forc…

Brian Ortega reveals that Max Holloway must relinquish the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight title if he can’t make it to UFC 231. Ortega and Holloway were set to do battle back in July for UFC 226. “Blessed’ was forced to pull out due to an illness during fight week. Holloway will now put his […]

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Max Holloway To Be Stripped Of Title If He Doesn’t Fight At UFC 231

Holloway must defend his title at this show or he’ll be forced to vacant.

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Brian Ortega claims that UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway will be stripped of the title by the promotion should he not make his next title defense. According to the title contender, the UFC is not messing around with this bout. Thus, they are going to great lengths in order to make sure that he’ll happen.

Back in July, Holloway was set to make his next title defense against the top contender in the co-main event of the UFC 226 pay-per-view event. Obviously, that didn’t happen as Holloway was forced to pull out of the fight. The reason for it was due to him experiencing concussion-like symptoms.

This is an interesting move by the UFC considering that Holloway doesn’t have a bad track record of pulling out of fights. In fact, he attempted to save the UFC 223 pay-per-view event by fighting in the main event but that wasn’t meant to be.

Max Holloway To Be Stripped

Ortega made this news during a recent interview with MMAJunkie and noted that he’s extremely focused on this fight.

“I’m laser-focused on the belt at this point,” Ortega on Friday told MMAjunkie Radio. “Now, with this fight happening, we have it where if Max shows up or doesn’t show up. I’m going to have a fight for the featherweight (title) no matter what.”

Breaking The News

The title contender mentioned that this is the first time that he made the news official. Ortega will fight for the title at this show whether Holloway or someone else is his opponent.

“This is the first time I’m letting it out right now,” he said. “Yeah, it’s in the contract. Everything is done. I will fight for the featherweight belt with or without him.”

Staying True

The UFC 231 pay-per-view is set to take place on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Ortega continued by stating, “There’s no more of me letting the fans down. If he pulls out on one days’ notice, three hours’ notice, it doesn’t matter. I’m going to show up and it’s going to be for the featherweight belt and it’s going to be main event. Dec. 8, that’s the goal. UFC 231. Toronto.”

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