Holloway and Ortega were initially set to face-off in the co-main event of UFC 226 on Saturday, July 7. But Holloway’s team decided to pull him out as he was hospitalised due to “concussion-like symptoms.”
As a result, the undefeated UFC featherweight, Ortega, was offered a short-notice opponent in replacement for Holloway. However, he turned them down and chose not to join UFC 226.
People were criticising him for his decision, but Ortega had his reasons. He used his Instagram account to address the situation wherein he posted a picture of himself while sitting with the audience at UFC 226.
I’m a Businessman, a company man, but I’m no yes man. Watching the fights last night knowing I could have been performing for all of you truly took a toll on me. I stand by my decision. Thank you to all of you who showed up to support and respected my decision. For those of you who don’t agree with me I completely understand and promise to give you guys the show of your life when I fight for the title. #tcity
Holloway Might Have Drank Too Much Water to Lose Weight
With Holloway’s condition still unclear, UFC President Dana White says the UFC featherweight champion won’t be fighting anytime soon.
During a recent interview with Kevin Iole, White says that Holloway has been reported to be drinking too much water to lose weight.
“We heard that he was water loading, which is super dangerous,” White said. “When you water load, and I didn’t know this for those of you out there that might not know, either, there is such thing as water poisoning. And you can actually drink too much water and die from it.”
Ortega is Now Ready To Fight – Under One Condition
Now, with the upcoming UFC 227 card, Ortega is willing to fight, but on one condition – if Holloway vacates his title.
After being eliminated from UFC 226, Ortega reveals in Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show that he believes UFC should make Holloway vacate the title.
Once this happens, Ortega says he’s willing to fight for the belt at UFC 227 against anyone within the featherweight division. This highly-anticipated pay-per-view event will take place Aug. 4, wherein headliners T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt will fight for the bantamweight belt. While for the co-main event, Demetrious Johnson takes on Henry Cejudo for the flyweight title.
“From what I’m getting now, they said that Max might not fight for a long time, and he might not even fight 145,” Ortega told Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show. ”So I told them then, make the belt vacant and then I’ll fight whoever you guys want me to fight ASAP. I’ll fight them at UFC 227 here in Staples (Center in Los Angeles) but let’s get that situated.”