UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway is finally ready to put his 145-pound title on the line against top contender Brian Ortega at the upcoming UFC 231 pay-per-view (PPV) event, scheduled for Sat., Dec. 8, 2018 inside Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Prior to their early-winter collision, both “Blessed” and “T-City” made the media rounds to promote their upcoming clash. And, with any good public appearance, the pair came face-to-face at the conclusion of the festivities for an official staredown (embedded above).
“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,” Holloway told MMA Junkie about his recent health scare. I just can’t wait until December comes around, and I get to remind everybody who’s the undisputed champion.”
Holloway (19-3) was thought to be suffering from concussion-like symptoms back in July, but recently passed a battery of medical tests clearing him for competition. “Blessed” was last seen taking a technical knockout win over ex-champion Jose Aldo at UFC 218.
As for Ortega (14-0, 1 NC), he’s been riding the pine ever since his first-round knockout win over ex-lightweight kingpin Frankie Edgar last March. “T-City” is undefeated inside the Octagon with finishes over Cub Swanson and Clay Guida, among others.
Let’s hope they can make it to Toronto in one piece.
UFC 231 will also feature the women’s flyweight title fight pitting former 115-pound champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk opposite ex-bantamweight title contender Valentina Shevchenko, while Claudia Gadelha and Nina Ansaroff hook ‘em up in strawweight action.
To see the latest UFC 231 fight card and line up click here.