Shortly after Brian Ortega stole the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight title fight from Frankie Edgar by knocking him out in the co-main event of UFC 222 last night (March 3, 2018) in Las Vegas, Nevada (see it again here), division champion Max Holloway took to social media to lay down the gauntlet.
Edgar was lined up to face Holloway on two separate occasions before injuries (one to Max and one to Frankie) forced a cancelation on two separate occasions. After the fight was canceled a second time -- which was originally set to headline UFC 222 — Edgar remained on the card to face Ortega.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
According to UFC President Dana White, Ortega will indeed be next for Holloway. And if he had it his way, he would book it as soon as “Blessed” is ready to go.
“I just saw him,” White told MMA junkie at the post-event press conference. “He came on ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ as one of the coaches, and he looks good. He’s walking good. We got to see what his doctor says. When he’s cleared and he’s ready to fight, we’ll make that fight immediately.”
When asked to respond to Holloway’s proposed date, Ortega was all for it.
UFC 226 is set to go down inside T-Mobile Arena on July 7, 2018, and will be the culmination of International Fight Week. The pay-per-view (PPV) extravaganza is set to feature a Heavyweight title fight between division champion Stipe Miocic and current UFC Light Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.
The addition of Holloway vs Ortega would certainly help keep with UFC’s ritual of stacking that certain event. If it happens sooner, this potential super fight can always fill the co-main event void.
For complete UFC 222 results and play-by-play coverage click here.