Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega targeted for UFC 226 in Las Vegas

Paola Ditto
Aprile 21, 2018

UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway will attempt to defend his title against Brian Ortega at UFC 226 on July 7 in Las Vegas.

A matchup between Holloway (19-3 MMA, 15-3 UFC) and top contender Brian Ortega (14-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) is in the works for UFC 226, MMAjunkie learned from two people with knowledge of the situation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the UFC has yet to make anything public.

Holloway vs. Ortega joins a growing line up of fights headed to UFC 226 including the main event that will see heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic take on light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier as well as highly touted heavyweight knockout artist Francis Ngannou face off with Derrick Lewis. The Hawaiian's chaotic year began with him forced to withdraw from a fight for the first time in his career against Frankie Edgar at UFC 222 in March.

After Tony Ferguson withdrew from the UFC 223 headliner with less than a week out, Holloway accepted a lightweight title bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov.

For Holloway, this will serve as his second title defense after already defeating former featherweight champion Jose Aldo by third round TKO last December at UFC 218. Holloway is now riding a 12-fight winning streak, the fifth longest in UFC history, with seven finishes.

The entire event will be the culmination of the UFC's 2018 International Fight Week.

Ortega will try to add Holloway's name to the list while simultaneously claiming his first UFC belt.

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