Fresh from absorbing his first loss in his MMA career, Brian Ortega could be sidelined for six months after getting seriously beaten by Max Holloway in their featherweight title showdown last weekend.
The Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport released the finalized report about medical suspensions of fighters, who recently saw actions at UFC 231 in Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada, and as expected ‘T-City’ is one of the mixed martial artists who received lengthy suspensions.
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‘It was Max’s Night’
The submission specialist had to wait for five months and needed to decline a late-notice offer to square off with Jeremy Stephens to have his shot at the UFC featherweight strap. The Holloway-Ortega fight was originally booked in July for the main event of UFC 226 but the Hawaiian fan favourite pulled out after he suffered concussion-like symptoms days before the fight.
Brian Ortega was billed as the slight favourite to win the main event of UFC 231 against the defending champion. He punched his way atop the featherweight rankings via six consecutive stoppage wins including a knockout of former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.
Known for his jiu-jitsu and his comeback ability, Ortega was expected to turn the tables around late after getting busted up in the first two rounds. He managed to connect with a pair of elbows in the third but it was not enough to stop Holloway’s textbook striking. The defending champion was simply too much for the jiu-jitsu fighter and the doctors had to waive off the fight at the end of the fourth round.
Mad respect to Brian Ortega you earn more and more respect on this fight a heart of a lion is what you showed last night. May have lost the fight but won the night with his heart and toughness. You inspired many last night unbelievable scrap. pic.twitter.com/I6R4HaBoP4
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Ortega Is Out Indefinitely
The 27-year old missed the post-fight press conference as he was immediately rushed to the hospital for precautionary measures. According to ‘T-City,’ he sustained a broken thumb and a broken nose in the aftermath of the thrilling UFC 231 main event.
“Doctor stopped it and I agree. Broken nose and a broken thumb I was willing to die in there. Last night was Max’s night. I’ll be back. Thank you to everyone who’s always believed in me and supported me.”
Now, he will not be seeing actions in the octagon for 180 days or until medically cleared, according to the finalized medical suspensions report. See the complete list below courtesy of MMA Fighting.
Brian Ortega and Chad Laprise: 180 days and medical clearance
Alex Oliveira and Kyle Nelson: 60 days
Jimi Manuwa and Devin Clark: 60 days and medical clearance
Max Holloway, Valentina Shevchenko, Kyle Bochniak, Jessica Eye, Elias Theodorou, Matthew Lopez, Katlyn Chookagian, and Joanna Jedrzejczyk: 30 days
Gunnar Nelson, Eryk Anders, and Kyle Bochniak: 30 days and medical clearance
Hakeem Dawodu, Thiago Santos, Gilbert Burns, Claudia Gadelha, Olivier Aubin-Mercier, Brad Katona, Dhiego Lima, Diego Ferreira, Aleksandar Rakic: 14 days
Nina Ansaroff: 14 days and medical clearance
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