Diego Lopes claims He Deserves a Title Shot If He Emerges Victorious Against Brian Ortega

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Diego Lopes, the rising UFC featherweight contender, is set to face Brian Ortega at UFC 303. This matchup presents a significant opportunity for Lopes, who stepped up on short notice to take on the former title challenger. Let’s delve into the details:

Diego Lopes (23-6 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has been making waves in the UFC since his debut in 2023. Although he suffered a short-notice loss to Movsar Evloev, Lopes rebounded impressively. His last three fights have all ended in first-round finishes, including a recent TKO victory over Sodiq Yusuff at UFC 300.

“I know people will complain because I’m the 14th-ranked (featherweight),” Diego Lopes told ESPN Deportes. “I know the UFC offered the fight to other fighters who are in the rankings and don’t have a fight. I know they didn’t take it so they called me, and they knew that I was going to take the biggest fight of my career against No. 3 in the world.”

Now, Lopes faces a major challenge in Brian Ortega (16-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC). Ortega has been a staple in the UFC for years, with his losses coming against champions. Lopes recognizes the stakes: a win over Ortega could catapult him into title contention. If he continues his finishing spree, Lopes believes there’s no doubt he’ll deserve a shot at the gold.

“I see this as a golden opportunity”- Diego Lopes

“Ortega has been in the UFC for years. His losses came against champions,  so I see this as a golden opportunity in my hands to take a step forward in the division,” Lopes said. “I think the chances are really big (to get a title shot with a win).

“Imagine if I defeat Ortega and see how the rankings change – I’ll be really high in the rankings. Without a doubt, I’ll be in the conversation to be next in line. More if I win in a solid way like I finished the last ones, I believe there’s no doubt that I will deserve a title shot.”

The fight takes place on June 29 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, streaming on pay-per-view after prelims on ESPN and ESPN+.

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