Ortega Claims He’s Been Paid For UFC 226

Even though it seemed this week that Brian Ortega would not be compensated for showing up at UFC 226, the top challenger for Max Holloway’s featherweight title will get some if not most of what he would have got for the July 7th event in Las Vegas.

“I feel a lot better now,” Ortega said in a backstage interview at a Legacy Fighting Alliance show Friday, following an earlier report that Ortega would not be paid for refusing to fight a replacement opponent for Holloway. “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.”

Ortega reiterated that it didn’t make sense for him to fight Jeremy Stephens, mainly due to his last three fights were against fighters who beat the fellow contender. Ortega also doesn’t want any type of fight, he wants a title fight.

“Any fight for the title, that’s it. That’s all I’m looking at. I’m just looking at that gold, that belt,” Ortega said.

“Other than that, it really doesn’t matter the opponent, it doesn’t matter if you call it on one day, two days, it’s never been an issue, but the belt’s what I want and I’m going to wait for it and pray that Max gets better so we can give the fight fans the fight that you guys want to see because I know that we missed out for you guys on Saturday at UFC 226, but we’ll make up for it.”


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