Brian Ortega Talks UFC 226 Pull Out
Brian Ortega is not risking a chance at losing his UFC featherweight title shot, which is why the contender pulled out of fighting anyone but Max Holloway at UFC 226.
Hours after Holloway would pull out of their co-main event fight due to concussion-like symptoms, Ortega would balk at fighting a fill-in opponent in Jeremy Stephens, which would draw boos at Thursday’s pre-fight press conference.
In an Instagram post, Ortega would discuss why he would rather wait for Holloway, then risk losing his shot at the title.
“I’m a Businessman, a company man, but I’m no yes man,” Ortega said. “Watching the fights last night knowing I could have been performing for all of you truly took a toll on me. I stand by my decision.”
“Thank you to all of you who showed up to support and respected my decision,” Ortega said. “For those of you who don’t agree with me I completely understand and promise to give you guys the show of your life when I fight for the title.”
The UFC attempted to get an interim featherweight title fight between Stephens and Frankie Edgar on three days notice, but Edgar’s family nipped that in the bud, White said.
Initial Report: MMA Fighting