In one of the most anticipating fights of 2019 in the featherweight division, Max Holloway battered and completely destroyed Brian Ortega via doctor’s stoppage in the fourth round to successfully defend his title for the second time in a row at the Scotia Bank arena in Toronto, Canada.
With that impressive victory, Max Holloway is now on a 13-fight winning streak. The fight was called off by the doctor after four rounds. Ortega’s left eye was almost closed, his face a bloody mess. It’s a testament to Ortega’s toughness that he made it that far.
This victory must bring a sigh of relief to the Hawaiian Max Holloway, who has had injury plagued year as he had to pull out thrice this year. Brian Ortega now has one loss in his professional career and his record now stands at 14-1-0 with no contest.
Twitter couldn’t believe the way Max Holloway dominated Brian Ortega at UFC 231, here is how the Twitterverse reacted to the fight.
One of these is made out of the strongest material known to man.
The other is a nokia phone. #UFC231 pic.twitter.com/pEhDmjWD2v
— Ronnie Burnside (@sideburns81) December 9, 2018
The curse has been broken #UFC231 pic.twitter.com/swJTgCpohN
— Aaron 🇩🇴🇵🇷 (@AaronBeMad) December 9, 2018
Max Holloway Uses Brian Ortega’s Face For Target Practice!
— David D. ™ (@DavidDLive) December 9, 2018
Anyone notice Ortega going over to mini blessed and fist bumping him as soon as Buffer announced the result? Ortega is such a good dude with incredible heart. Holloway is unbelievable. #UFC231
— Farah Hannoun (@Farah_Hannoun) December 9, 2018
Woooooooooo!!!!! Good Job Both Fighters!! Love To See That Kind Of Entertainment!!! @BlessedMMA #ufc231 🇺🇸🏆🇲🇽 Enjoy The Victory, If @TeamKhabib Ducks Me Let’s Run It – Respect
— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) December 9, 2018
Conor McGregor smoked the two best featherweights of all time. #UFC231 pic.twitter.com/3HzhwjHcLn
— Gravy Train (@mattfgrady) December 9, 2018
Mini Blessed carrying his dad's title back to the locker room. #UFC231 pic.twitter.com/wXepWwJtXZ
— Robbie Fox (@RobbieBarstool) December 9, 2018
That's the best performance in the UFC since McGregor vs. Alvarez. It's that good. Magnificent. #UFC231
— Seán Sheehan (@SeanSheehanBA) December 9, 2018
Props to Ortega for never giving up in that #UFC231 fight. Definitely the hardest and most impressive fight of either man's career thus far. pic.twitter.com/m39kOISeYw
— Johnny Costello (@TheThirdMann) December 9, 2018
Max Holloway continues to add to an incredible legacy as the best 145lbs fighter in the world. Now unbeaten in 13 straight fights including wins over:
– Cub Swanson
– Charles Oliveira
– Jeremy Stephens
– Ricardo Lamas
– Anthony Pettis
– Jose Aldo (x2)
– Brian Ortega#UFC231
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) December 9, 2018
500 punches. In 4 rounds. Ho-ly FUCK. #UFC231
— Tommy Toe Hold (@TommyToeHold) December 9, 2018
Max Holloway's performance of 290 significant strikes landed (a single-fight record) moved him into No. 1 all-time for significant strikes landed OVERALL in UFC history (1,627). Beyond ridiculous. #UFC231
— Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) December 9, 2018
I have no idea how Brian Ortega never fell down ONCE during all of that. Just unreal. #UFC231
— Shaheen Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) December 9, 2018
I knew it'd be good but I didn't think it'd be THIS good. #UFC231 pic.twitter.com/DOF2ueAz4g
— 𝖘𝖍𝖆𝖓𝖓𝖔𝖓 (@shoutshabba) December 9, 2018
What the hell is Brian Ortega's chin made out of? How on earth has he not been dropped from any of these shots? Crazy. #UFC231
— Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) December 9, 2018
Max Holloway being the underdog to Brian Ortega should be remembered as one of the most hilarious betting lines in MMA history. Clear, and huge, skill discrepancy. #UFC231
— RobBrownBetting (@RobBrownBetting) December 9, 2018
What a absolutely phenomenal fight!!!!
Ortega is one tough dude but Holloway, man, his fight IQ and movement is just on another level. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
The fans won that fight..#UFC231 https://t.co/G4HZrwnc54
— Megan Anderson (@MeganA_mma) December 9, 2018
Ahh what a fight! So torn between the two. Such great men. I felt the difference was that handspeed for Max. Great technical fight! Ortega will be back for sure! He has the heart of a lion! #Classic #UFC231
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) December 9, 2018
Absolutely zero shame for Ortega. He never quit. @BlessedMMA was simply on another level. Incredible.@ufc #ufc231
— Corey Graves (@WWEGraves) December 9, 2018
Damn that was a great scrap. Congrats to Holloway and Respect to both 🙏🏽 #UFC231
— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) December 9, 2018