Brian Ortega has solidified himself as the new number one contender for the UFC featherweight title, and he thinks his title fight will surpass Conor McGregor vs. Jose Aldo in magnitude.
McGregor was the interim featherweight champion after defeating Chad Mendes in 2015. In December he fought Aldo, who hadn't lost in mixed martial arts (MMA) competition in nearly a decade. They main evented UFC 194 on pay-per-view (PPV) in one of the most highly anticipated fights ever.
The Irishman starched the Brazilian in just 13 second to win the featherweight title, and never fought in the weight class again.
Ortega recently became the first man in MMA history to finish Frankie Edgar when he knocked him out in the first round.
The pair co-main evented UFC 222 on PPV after Max Holloway was forced to pull out of his scheduled title defense against Edgar at the event.
Now Ortega will meet Holloway in a title fight on a date that has yet to be determined. In a recent interview he divulged that he thinks the fight will be bigger than Conor McGregor vs. Jose Aldo (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“I love (Holloway’s) style. People said it and I’m saying it again, I feel like this is one of the biggest fights in the UFC featherweight division since Conor and Aldo,” Ortega told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour on Monday.
“It’s going to be a great pay-per-view, you’ve got two young guys who are hungry, I feel like we have similar backgrounds.
"He’s always stayed with his team from the beginning, so did I. He’s got a group of friends, I’ve got my group of friends. He loves surfing, I love surfing.
“Hawaiian vs. Mexican, we both like to scrap. I love this fight.
"These are the fights that I look forward to and I’m happy that I’m going to be able to be there for a full 25 minutes this time and fighting for the world title.”
What are your thoughts on Ortega comparing his upcoming fight with Holloway to Conor McGregor vs. Jose Aldo? Do you think this fight is the biggest fight in UFC featherweight history - even bigger than McGregor vs. Aldo? Or was McGregor vs. Aldo far too big of an event to surpass as far as legacy went? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below!
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