Ortega: Replacement on Standby if Holloway Pulls
Brian Ortega is emphasizing he will be competing for the UFC Featherweight Title at UFC 231, regardless if current champion Max Holloway makes it to the event or not.
Last week, Ortega stated that a clause has been put into the contract for the title fight between him and Holloway that states if Holloway has to pull out from the fight, he will be stripped of the title and Ortega will fight for the world title against an alternate opponent.
Holloway has had a struggling 2018 — first having to pull from a UFC 222 title bout with Frankie Edgar, then being unable to make weight to serve as a late alternate opponent for Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223, and then being pulled from a title defense against Ortega at UFC 226 just days before the event due to concussion-like symptoms.
“I don’t know what’s going on with his health right now, or what’s happening with his camp. But now, I don’t care,” Ortega said. “Because it’s going to happen with or without him. I get what I want, which is a title shot.”
Ortega has now doubled down on those claims, stating that the UFC has supposedly found a replacement opponent already, trying to ensure that clause goes through and they aren’t left hanging for a UFC 231 main event.
“They say they have a replacement,” Ortega said. “They haven’t said the name. I don’t know who it is. I don’t care. If it’s for the real featherweight title, count on me being there.”
Original Story: MMAJunkie