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It probably is no surprise, and we’ll be awaiting a date, but it looks like Brian Ortega has his title shot.
Ortega (14-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) knocked out Frankie Edgar (22-6-1 MMA, 16-6-1 UFC) in a major, major way Saturday night in the UFC 222 co-main event. In the process, he became the first to stop Edgar, whose five previous losses all had been decisions.
Edgar was supposed to get a title shot at UFC 222 against featherweight champion Max Holloway (19-3 MMA, 15-3 UFC), but a Holloway injury took him out and brought Ortega in. And Ortega’s big win has paid off.
The fighter today told “UFC Unfiltered” he had gotten a phone call from UFC President Dana White, who told him he had the next title shot against Holloway. And video later was posted to social media showing Ortega taking the call from White.
But White said after UFC 222 his preference might be to queue Holloway-Ortega up sooner than that if Holloway’s back to 100 percent.
“I just saw him,” White told MMAjunkie at the UFC 222 post-event news conference at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. “He came on ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ as one of the coaches, and he looks good. He’s walking good. We’ve got to see what his doctor says. When he’s cleared and he’s ready to fight, we’ll make that fight immediately.”
Ortega is just about the hottest thing going in the featherweight division outside the champ. All six of his UFC wins have been by stoppage. And he has an impressive five post-fight bonuses in those six fights.
In fact, the only real blemish on his resume is a no-contest that came after a submission win over Mike De La Torre in his UFC debut in July 2014. After that fight, he tested positive for a banned steroid and had his win flipped.
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