Holloway vs. Ortega slated for UFC 226 in Las Vegas

Featherweight Supremacy on the line at UFC 226.

On July 7th, UFC Featherweight Champion Max “Blessed” Holloway (19-3 MMA ,15-3 UFC) looks to successfully defend his featherweight title against UFC rising star Brian “T-City” Ortega (14-0 MMA , 6-0 UFC).

Holloway enters the contest on a 12 fight win streak with his last two victories coming by way of TKO over featherweight legend Jose Aldo Jr.

Holloway had a scheduled title defense against Frankie Edgar scrapped after suffering an injury roughly one month before the scheduled bout at UFC 222. Edgar would remain on the card to face the man who is now next in line for a shot a Holloway’s title, Brian Ortega.

Ortega entered the contest riding a momentum wave after a victory over Cub Swanson at UFC Fight Night 123. Ortega submitted Swanson in the second round of the contest with one of the most vicious guillotine chokes in UFC history. Afterwards, Swanson was quoted saying ” I felt like I was going to die” when asked about the choke locked in by Ortega.

Edgar entered the contest on a two fight win streak after defeating Jeremy Stephens and Yair Rodriguez respectively. Leading up to his bout with Ortega, Edgar remained one of only a few men who had never been stopped inside the octagon.

The bout started out high paced and violent with Edgar doing most of his damage with his boxing while Ortega relied on a heavy kicking game early.

The fight would go deep into round one before Ortega attempted to latch on to Edgar’s neck for a submission attempt. Edgar fought through the attempt but was caught with a nasty elbow seconds later that wobbled Edgar and set up Ortega with a perfect opportunity to deliver a devastating right uppercut that lifted Edgar off of his feet and sent him to the canvas for good. Ortega had just become the first man to ever stop Frankie Edgar and he did it with ease.

It’s no surprise that “T-City” sits with an undefeated record as he possesses hands and a ground game that is on par with the best of them. It’s the reason why Ortega has stopped every opponent he’s faced in the Octagon.

If Ortega was to add Holloway’s name to the list, it would most certainly propel him to the top of the p4p list and solidify him as one of the UFC’s top superstars.

It all goes down July 7th, 2018 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Nevada, Live on Pay-Per-View. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness what is sure to be an unforgettable night in Sin City.

 

 

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