Defend or vacate! Or just put the division on hold to test yourself in a heavier division (like this guy or this gal).
Winning titles, then moving up in weight, seems to be all the rage these days, thanks to Conor McGregor’s decision to surrender the featherweight strap, move up to lightweight, and clown Eddie Alvarez for a second belt.
Something 145-pound title contender Brian Ortega plans to do later this year.
“I’ve definitely thought about it,” Ortega told the UFC Unfiltered podcast. “My goal is if I’m successful against Max Holloway, then I’m looking at some opportunities and things in the 155-pound division. We need the perfect match up, not just a regular match. I really want to give [the fans] a war, something crazy, something big.”
Maybe the winner of this fight should be less worried about the return of Conor McGregor and more concerned with the debut of “T-City.”
Naturally, none of this matters if the undefeated Ortega is unable to get past the “Blessed” featherweight champion when they throw hands this summer. Holloway is the winner of 12 straight with nine finishes, so stripping that strap will take some work.
Based on what we saw against Frankie Edgar (video), it’s hard to not give Ortega the benefit of the doubt, in either weight class.