Looks like Brian “T-City” Ortega will finally get his shot at UFC featherweight champ Max “Blessed” Holloway, possibly this December in Toronto at UFC 231.
In a recent interview, Ortega stated he was offered the fight in December and he agreed to take it, but nothing is official yet as contracts haven’t been signed by either fighter.
“Nothing is official,” Ortega said. “Trust me, I’m always the kind of guy, until I sign the contract I’m the first one to post it out there.
“But there’s ears in the game who hear things and yeah, it’s true. We got the call and they offered us to fight in December. I said yes. I think they’re pushing for Toronto, so December is up in the air and I’m sure Max received the same call. I haven’t heard anything from his side yet, but it looks like it’s going to happen.”
This much anticipated fight between Ortega and Holloway was originally set to take place at UFC 226, but was cancelled when Holloway was forced to pull out due to a health scare.
After the Holloway cancellation, Ortega was offered a short-notice fight with Jeremy Stephens for an interim belt, but declined the fight.
“I want the real title,” Ortega said. “I can’t express it enough that I want to fight for the real title. Interim title, from what I’ve seen — you know what I’m saying, I don’t have to say much words. People get it and then they take it away from them in a month. I just don’t want to be that person. I have nothing against them who earned their shot and took a fight on short notice, all my respect to them.
“But I want something they cannot take away from me, at least the UFC can’t. If someone’s going to take it from me it’s going to have to be an opponent. And that’s what I want.”