UFC 222 is now in the books and it will be an understatement to claim that it was a rather great pay-per-view. The event was earlier scheduled to be headlined by a fight between the UFC featherweight champion, Max Holloway and Frankie Edgar. However, in the end, it was instead headlined by Cris Cyborg’s second title defense of the UFC women’s featherweight championship against Yana Kunitskaya. In the co-main event of the evening, Brian Ortega created history by becoming the first man to ever finish Frankie Edgar. With his victory over the former lightweight champion, Ortega has seemingly secured himself a title shot. He recently confirmed the news about his title shot in an interview with UFC Unfiltered.
The initial main-event for UFC 222 was cancelled after Holloway was forced to pull out due to a leg injury. Edgar then put up his title shot on the line against the young, up-and-coming fighter Ortega.
“T-City” is a young twenty-seven year old fighter with a MMA record of 14-0 and is currently on a seven fight win streak inside the octagon. He took the bout against Edgar at a really short notice and was an underdog going into the fight. However, he shocked the world by not just defeating Edgar but by knocking him out.
On the other hand, ‘Blessed’ Holloway has a MMA record of 19-3 and is currently riding high on a twelve fight win streak. He made his first title defense against former champion, Jose Aldo at UFC 218. He also has many notable victories over fighters such as Jose Aldo (twice), Cub Swanson, Anthony Pettis, Ricardo Lamas, Jeremy Stephens, etc.
The sensational submission expert was recently a guest on the UFC Unfiltered podcast co-hosted by Matt Serra and Jim Norton. He revealed to the podcast’s crew that he was recently called by the UFC president, Dana White to confirm his title shot. Here’s what he had to say:
“I am getting the shot for Holloway. I just got off the phone with Dana White. He said I’m positively, 100 percent getting a shot, I’m still cheesing up and smiling right now. It’s so surreal, but I’m not celebrating until I get that belt, you know? I’m staying with my blinders on and work ethic still in.”
You can listen to Ortega’s revelation her:
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