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Brian Ortega said he’s aiming for a
rematch with Max Holloway if he beats Alexander Volkanovski to insist
the UFC Featherweight Championship within the predominant event of UFC 266 next
Ortega, who suffered a TKO loss to
Holloway in December 2018, advised TMZ Sports in an interview launched
Saturday he’s made principal strides since that defeat.
“I’m now not looking out to discuss ahead, nor
am I looking out to safe previous Volkanovski, ideal, reason he beat Max twice,”
Ortega said. “I’m now not right here to notify I’m already celebrating. But,
that is at risk of be wonderful. I’m a greater person, better fighter than I was
after I fought him. And, watching his last wrestle, so is he.”
The 30-year-worn Los Angeles native has
simplest entered the Octagon as soon as since the loss to Holloway.
He suffered a knee hurt that
postponed his bout towards Chan Sung Jung from December 2019 to
October 2020. He obtained that wrestle by unanimous resolution.
Ortega was then slated to face off with
Volkanovski in March for the featherweight title, but it was delayed
unless next weekend on story of COVID-19 disorders.
Whereas he’s fervent within the marquee UFC
266 conflict, he advised TMZ exacting some measure of revenge on Holloway
is vital because it represents his simplest profession loss (15-1 with one
“I’m aggressive. I must function
s–t even. It does bother me,” Ortega said. “Even if he
f–ks me up yet again, or whatever. I will wrestle you 100 instances. I’m gonna
He’ll contain his hands pudgy with
Volkanovski (22-1 file) earlier than he can shift level of curiosity to a potential rematch with
The 32-year-worn Australian is coming
off a extremely impressive three-wrestle stretch that saw him rating a
victory over the legendary Jose Aldo earlier than earning help-to-help wins
over Holloway to take and then defend the featherweight belt.
“I factor in my self belief ideal now is
correct on the kind of excessive,” Volkanovski advised MMA Junkie’s Farah Hannoun
in August. “I’ve regularly been confident within the job I must invent, but
ideal now my self belief is on a total other stage to the set up worthwhile is
correct now not enough.”
The excessive-profile wrestle supplies Ortega of mission to
showcase the growth he believes he’s made since the loss to
Holloway, and a insist would consequence in his first stint as a UFC champion.