Holloway Wants Ortega At UFC 226

Max Holloway is not looking back to what could have been at UFC 223, and looking towards who he wants to face for his next UFC featherweight title defense.

Holloway is hoping for a UFC 226 fight against Brian Ortega, as Dana White  told the featherweight champion that  the jiu-jitsu ace will be his next opponent.

The Hawaii native was set to be the last minute replacement for Tony Ferguson at UFC 226, but would be pulled by New York State Athletic Commission doctors due to issues with his weight cut.

“Dana called me on fight day and told me, ‘It’s alright, kid, we tried’ and ‘thank you for trying everything’ and ‘onto the next one’. So Brian Ortega is up, hopefully we can get on that July card,” Holloway told Ariel Helwani on the latest episode of The MMA Hour.

“I’ve been asking. I see everyone talking about that July card. I’ve got to get back business at 145, but if UFC call again for 155 for that thing with Khabib, that would be fun.”

Holloway is hoping for a title defense in July so he’d be able to compete in Madison Square Garden towards the end of the year.

“Dana said it was the best shot, he said that I have business to handle with Ortega… hopefully it’s July. I want to fight in July so I can go back to New York and try this one more time,” Holloway said.

“Madison Square Garden, we’ve got to try this one more time, that’s what I want to do. Fans are talking about it, I hear you guys want this fight a lot and they were tweeting me right after I got pulled. A lot of guys were saying, ‘Let’s see that fight [Holloway vs. Ortega] back on UFC 226.


Original Story: MMA Fighting

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