Out of the fight, out of the payday too?
Brian Ortega is today’s rising MMA star after being the #1 ranked UFC featherweight in the world.
In last week’s International Fight Week, ‘T-City” was supposed to put his undefeated record at stake against champion Max Holloway. Unfortunately, a medical scare called off the match in a few days notice, Holloway’s third cancelled title fight in a row.
UFC President Dana White offered the rightful challenger a bout against Jeremy Stephens, but he isn’t a ‘yes’ man to accept such fight on three days notice.
What now Dana?
Pulling out of the fight, he has now some settlement to do with Dana White. And here is his statement on ESPN’s Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show regarding the compensation deal he had with White:
“We had our talk. We agreed to disagree pretty much, I told him if I was going to be compensated for anything, you know if I would get anything. I told him I showed up, I did everything, my weight was good, did the open workouts, the media and he said, ‘No.'”
“So that was that. I was pretty bummed out, heartbroken. After that, we had another meeting yesterday. We talked and he said he was just pissed off. He then said we’d talk again this week and figure things out. So right now, I don’t know what ‘figure things out’ means.”
After denying him a fight at UFC 226, Stephens slammed Brian Ortega for not taking it on a last-minute notice.
Speaking to TMZ Sports, Stephens blasted Ortega:
“I keep telling this kid, man, if you want to make money, and you want to make a name for yourself and you want to be a champion … you have to fight. Like shut the f*ck up and fight. Ain’t nobody caring about your hair, ain’t nobody caring about what type of flying moves you’re doing. I don’t give two sh*ts what you do, let’s fight.”
Here is Ortega’s full interview with Hermani:
Apparently, Ortega is not anymore on the season in his career to will accept a short notice fight, especially after he just secured a shot at the title.