Brian Ortega walked out of UFC 226 not only without a chance at the UFC featherweight title, but also without any compensation.
Ortega, who was set to face off against Max Holloway for the featherweight title, would pull off the show following Holloway’s removal from UFC 226 due to concussion like symptoms.
On Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show, Ortega told Helwani that Dana White rejected his first request to receive a portion of his purse for showing up to the event.
“We had our talk. We agreed to disagree pretty much, I told him if I was going to be compensated for anything, you know, if I would get anything. I told him I showed up, I did everything, my weight was good, did the open workouts, the media and he said, ‘No,’” explained Ortega.
Ortega did go on to say that his initial meeting with the UFC President was after Daniel Cormier would fall during the UFC 226 press conference, slightly altering his mood.
White apologized for the way it went down, according to Ortega.
“So that was that. I was pretty bummed out, heartbroken. After that, we had another meeting yesterday. We talked and he said he was just pissed off. He then said we’d talk again this week and figure things out. So right now, I don’t know what ‘figure things out’ means,” he added.
According to Ortega, he was set to receive a flat rate for his title fight against Holloway, and not a usual payment of show and win money.
Transcription via MMA Mania