This weekend, Brian Ortega will fight against Max Holloway in the main event of UFC 231 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto for the UFC Featherweight Championship.
However, the challenger has already expressed bigger desires than the title itself in a recent interview promoting the upcoming pay-per-view event.
Holloway vs Ortega was originally scheduled to take place at UFC 226, but Holloway pulled out due to "concussion-like symptoms".
Yet, despite the fact he is yet to beat Blessed, T-City already has his eyes set on bigger goals to achieve in his UFC career. The next step he wants to take is to become a two-division champion.
The person he wants to face? Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Ortega has stated that he is more interested in fighting Khabib than another high profile fighter, such as Conor McGregor, since it would provide him with a unique opportunity to become a champion across two divisions, so long as he is successful this weekend.
According to MMA Fighting, Ortega told reporters in Los Angeles on Monday at a UFC 231 media event: “You look at some of these guys who make superfights and you’re like, damn, I wish I was a part of that fight.
"I like superfights. I want superfights. I want guys that I can match up well where people don’t know what going to happen.”
T-City has stated as well that the clash in fighting styles between himself and the Eagle gives him a more interesting challenge than taking on Notorious just for the big payday.
He said: “Every grappler, we have this since even before I was training, this whole wrestler vs. jiu-jitsu. We get along in the gym and we’re always like, you know, this is a matchup. Our hands are both good. He’s a top game guy and a wrestler and I’m a bottom game guy and a jiu-jitsu guy.”
Ortega even admitted to studying Khabib's fighting technique while watching him take on McGregor in October, as he said he would have got out of the predicaments the Irishman found himself in on the mat.
He said: “I was watching a lot of things in that fight, where, if I was in that position, there’s a lot of things I’d be doing differently. And that kind of just made me realize, kind of just, what I want is a superfight, if I ever get there, and it’s within reach. If I play my cards right, it’s within reach.”
If Ortega can't beat Holloway this weekend though and win the UFC Featherweight Championship, he'll likely be waiting some time before he shares the Octagon with the Eagle for the UFC Lightweight title. And he will likely have to go through Notorious for the spot as well.