Ortega Claims He’s Been Compensated For Missed UFC 226 Bout
Brian Ortega may not have gotten his chance at the UFC featherweight championship at UFC 226, but at the very least he got compensated for not getting to fight at the event.
Ortega was originally set to face featherweight champion Max Holloway at UFC 226, but Holloway was forced to withdraw from their bout due to concussion-like symptoms just days before the event. Although Ortega was given an opportunity to fight on the show against a replacement opponent, Ortega and his team declined the option and it appeared that he would not get any money as a result.
In a backstage interview at a recent Legacy Fighting Alliance show, Ortega said he spoke with UFC President Dana White and Ortega said he got “compensated” for not getting a chance to fight due to his opponent withdrawing. Ortega said he feels better now compared to when he found out Holloway withdrew.
“I feel a lot better now,” Ortega said. “The heartbreak was a little bit real at first and then once I started to realize the bigger picture and everything and I had to put my ego aside and put my thinking cap on in terms of business-wise. We made the right decision. Talked to Dana just the other day and everything’s good between me and him, he compensated me — we reached an agreement.”
He may not know when his next fight will be, or if it will even be a title opportunity, but Ortega reiterated that his main focus is capturing the UFC title.
“Any fight for the title, that’s it. That’s all I’m looking at. I’m just looking at that gold, that belt.”
Original Story: MMA Fighting