After a mixed martial arts match, most fans recognise how great a fighter performed and how destroyed his opponent was, failing to see the humble victories, courteous acceptance of defeat and their family’s unconditional support.
In case you missed the news, UFC featherweight champ Max Holloway retained his title following a successful defence vs first-ranked contender Brian Ortega. ‘Blessed’ wrecked his rival to earn a doctor’s stoppage win after an all-out four-round war at UFC 231 in Toronto.
Ortega Has Heart
UFC has just released a tear-jerking sneak peek on what happened after Holloway and women’s flyweight champ Valentina Shevchenko were declared winners at the main and co-main event. The video featured an emotional sight on the ‘The Thrill and the Agony’ of the winning and losing teams.
After the fourth round of the featherweight title match, the referee waved the fight off as the doctors decided that ‘T-City’ is not medically fit to accept more beating. Before it was declared as a loss for the American fighter, commentator Joe Rogan can’t help but say:
“He [Ortega] is taking a beating but man, this kid has heart.”
Ortega’s family was left in tears as his team check him out after receiving solid strikes from Holloway. ‘Blessed’, on the other hand, knew that the night was his, immediately jumping out of the Octagon to tell Rogan that he knew it would only last until the fourth round.
After the announcement, the Hawaiian champion approached Ortega’s corner to give him a hug and say, “Brian, that was one hell of a fight. I love you. We should be friends probably. We can be friends for sure.”
Though Ortega’s statement was inaudible, the losing fighter welcomed Holloway’s hug and humbly accepted defeat. His solid chin must be so strong to endure the most number of strikes in the history of UFC in a single fight without getting knocked out.
The 27-year-old champion, on the other hand, approached UFC President Dana White to tease him about getting the “Performance of the Night” bonus honours he’s been lobbying for. Holloway said:
“Thank you for the hundred K (100,000) boss. You’re a real one.”
White responded, “You got it. Now you can really be happy.”
“He’s been terrorizing me since he got over the Octagon, for the hundred thousand,” White continued, talking to the UFC correspondent. Watch UFC 231: Thrill and the Agony below:
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