UFC 231: Holloway vs. Ortega Weigh-in Replay

Ruben Hill
December 10, 2018

Max Holloway defends his UFC Featherweight Title with a fourth round TKO of Brian Ortega.

Before the fourth round Holloway, who entered the fight as the betting underdog, looked over to commentator Joe Rogan and said, "I'm ending it now".

Holloway battered Ortega in their featherweight title fight at Scotiabank Arena with right hands throughout and the fight was stopped with Ortega's left eye swollen shut and blood pouring down his face from his nose and mouth.

When asked about moving up in weight, Holloway didn't say yes, but it could be a possibility. He got cleared by every test and doctor and everything we've done. It was the first loss of Ortega's career after a seven-fight winning streak (with one win overturned due to a anti-doping offense) that clinched him a shot at the title.

Ortega was a sensation in running his record to 14-0, pulling out awesome come-from-behind submissions and scoring brutal knockouts. The jiu-jitsu ace ended up sliding off Holloway's back, however, and the opportunity was gone. Holloway switched to southpaw for most of the round and it seemed to confuse Ortega as he just ate five and six punches at a time.

When Ortega connected, Holloway nodded as if to give him props.

According to Fightmetric, Holloway landed a UFC record 290 significant strikes, breaking Nate Diaz's previous record of 238. Ortega had 110 significant strikes.

Reuters  Steve Marcus
Reuters Steve Marcus

Holloway danced in the fourth and then hammered Ortega at the fence.

After losing decisively to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in October, Conor McGregor needs an opponent for a non-title main event fight, and Holloway could be the ideal option. Ortgea showed he can take a punch. His hands started to drop, and he was a sitting duck for Holloway's combinations. Holloway said. "Step forward, let's go!" But he praised the cageside doctor for preventing additional harm. And with the Hawaiian's reputation as one of the world's most exciting fighters already assured, the world will be watching when he makes his next appearance in the octagon. "The doctors are doing their job".

Holloway has recently been linked with a move up to lightweight, with UFC president Dana White suggesting earlier in the week that the 27-year-old world champion may now be too big for the featherweight division. Holloway got loose and taunted Ortega a few times, and he was able to stave off Ortega's grappling attempts. He wanted this fight so bad.

"Everybody wants to see me and Conor because we fought when I was a kid", Holloway admitted.

The 27-year-old had been scheduled to battle Holloway at UFC 226 in early July. Holloway, 19-3, was also was removed from a last-minute lightweight title shot against Khabib Nurmagomedov in April.

"This is more valuable to me to get this belt from this kind of fight than with any other opponent".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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