Brian Ortega
T-City

USA

Targeting summer return
FeatherweightUFC
May 27, 2019
Ortega (nose) has been cleared of any injury and is hopeful to make his return in the summer of 2019, Jesse Holland of SB Nation reports.
ANALYSIS
Rumors have been rampant that Ortega will meet one of the top featherweight prospects, Zabit Magomedsharipov, at UFC 240 on July 27, but the promotion has yet to make this matchup official. Ortega had initially been hopeful for an immediate rematch against champion Max Holloway, but considering he was outlanded 290 to 110 in that matchup, it's difficult to make a case for that fight. Instead, Holloway will defend his title against Frankie Edgar in the UFC 240 headliner, while streaking featherweight Alexander Volkanovski likely has the next strongest claim for a shot at Holloway. Ortega would likely need to win in style in the proposed matchup against Zabit, the No. 6-ranked featherweight, to get himself back in that conversation.
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Handed medical suspension
FeatherweightUFC
December 10, 2018
Ortega (nose, thumb) was slapped with an 180-day medical suspension following his fight with Max Holloway on Saturday, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
As expected, Ortega will be forced to seek clearance by a physician or refrain from competing for the next six months of competition after getting defeated by Holloway via TKO (doctor's stoppage) in Toronto. He wound up taking over 300 strikes from Holloway, which broke the all-time record within the promotion in a single bout. Ortega will take some time off to rest and recover after suffering a broken nose and broken thumb during the fight,
Suffers multiple injuries at UFC 231
FeatherweightUFC
December 10, 2018
Ortega disclosed via his personal Instagram account that he suffered a broken nose and broken thumb in his UFC 231 loss to Max Holloway on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Ortega showed extreme toughness and durability in this bout, almost to a point where it worked to his detriment. The ringside physician finally pulled the plug on the fight following a fourth round in which Ortega absorbed 134 of a total of 290 significant strikes in the bout. While Ortega had his moments in this fight, he clearly isn't quite at the level of Holloway, who is beginning to establish himself as one of the all-time greats. All is not lost for "T-City," however, as many believe Holloway will eventually have to move up to the 155-pound division, which could open the door for another featherweight title shot down the road if Ortega can string together a few more wins. In the meantime, look for Ortega to take some time off from competition (it may be forced due to a likely imminent medical suspension).
Suffers first career loss against Max Holloway
FeatherweightUFC
December 8, 2018
Ortega came up short in his quest for the UFC Featherweight Championship on Saturday, falling to Max Holloway via TKO (doctor's stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 4 at UFC 231 in Toronto.
ANALYSIS
Good luck finding a human being walking the planet today that is tougher than Ortega. In a fight in which he would have been well within his rights to give it up at any point and time, it took a (correct) stoppage from the ringside physician to get "T-City" out of there. Ortega ate 236 significant strikes (254 total) and didn't get knocked down a single time. Ortega not only absorbed Holloway's punishment, he also dished out more than his fair share of his own. Ultimately however, Holloway was just too good. Ortega is a stud, but Holloway has developed into one of the very best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. Ortega will be back.
Will fight Max Holloway for the featherweight title at UFC 231
FeatherweightUFC
October 1, 2018
Ortega will fight Max Holloway for the featherweight title at UFC 231 on December 8, Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times reports.
ANALYSIS
Ortega was scheduled to fight Holloway for the title back in July, however a concussion forced Holloway to pull out of the contest. Ortega is one of the hottest fighters in the featherweight division, as he is undefeated as a professional with a record of 14-0. On paper, Holloway looks like a hot fighter as well due to a 12-fight winning streak, but ring rust could come into play here. Holloway hasn't competed since knocking out Jose Aldo for a second time last December. He's dealt with both an ankle injury and a concussion, and was unable to make weight for a short-notice lightweight title opportunity in April. He'll have plenty of time to get over these issues and get his weight down to the 145-pound title limit by December, where it should be a close fight in terms of betting odds. Holloway is a volume striker with a clear edge on the feet, but Ortega has finished each of his last six fights, and can utilize his crafty submission skills to earn come-from-behind victories. Ortega also put his striking power on display last March, when he landed 25 significant strikes in the first round before finishing highly-regarded veteran Frankie Edgar.
Not expecting replacement fight
FeatherweightUFC
July 4, 2018
Ortega, whose featherweight championship fight against Max Holloway (concussion) was canceled Wednesday, is not expecting to remain on the card for UFC 226 on Saturday, Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times reports.
ANALYSIS
Holloway has been dealing with concussion-like symptoms throughout the week and Wednesday he was admitted to the hospital for the second time in just two days, prompting the cancelling of Saturday's fight. The simplest solution seems to be moving the fight to UFC 227 on Aug. 4, although the extent of Holloway's symptoms remains unclear, so that might not end up being a realistic option for all parties involved. As far as Ortega, talks of an interim title matchup against Jeremy Stephens surfaced early Thursday morning, but that's a tall ask for a fighter on the verge of a title shot with a lot to lose. More than likely, the Holloway/Ortega matchup will be rescheduled for later on this fall or winter, where several cards remain in need of main events.