Max Holloway will take on undefeated Brian Ortega for the featherweight title as the pair headline UFC 231 on the 8th of December.
Holloway (19-3) – who is undefeated since 2013 – is ranked as one of the best fighters currently active and is one of just three undisputed UFC featherweight champions in history alongside Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor.
Winning his original interim belt against Anthony Pettis at UFC 206 in 2016, the man from Hawaii has been simply unstoppable ever since.
On a 12-fight winning streak – with dual wins against Jose Aldo to both unify and defend his 145 lbs title – the 27-year-old is on terrific form, not to mention the breaking of featherweight records for most wins, most finishes and longest win streak all in just a few years.
His 27-year-old opponent in number one contender Brian Ortega (14-0, 1 NC) is in similarly good form, going undefeated throughout his career thus far.
Winning breakthrough fighter of the year in 2017 at the World MMA Awards, Ortega is an exciting prospect in the division. A Jiu-Jitsu black belt after learning under the legendary Gracie family, the Californian will be a huge challenge for Holloway.
Despite being a grappling phenom, Ortega has added a dangerous striking ability to his arsenal, most recently and notably scoring a knockout win over former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. With Ortega becoming the first man to stop Edgar in his illustrious career, it is no surprise that none of “T-City’s” opponents have gone the distance against him under the UFC banner.
If the pre-fight press conference is anything to go by then this fight will be an interesting affair indeed.
Holloway spoke highly of his next opponent stating:
He is good a dangerous man, everyone talking about brian and this and that. But everything he did I done better.
He beat one champion, I beat two and I beat Aldo twice.
Ortega for his part was a stark contrast to the talkative Holloway with “T-City” acknowledging that a fight between the two was inevitable:
He ain’t going nowhere and neither am I. And there is no more room at the top.