A featherweight title fight between current champion Max Holloway and Brian Ortega will take place at UFC 231 in Toronto, Canada on December 8th.
The two stars were originally supposed to fight at UFC 226 in July, but Holloway was forced to withdraw after suffering ‘concussion-like symptoms’ during the week of the fight that included slurring his words and appearing lethargic during his pre-fight interviews.
The 26-year-old Holloway underwent a battery of tests afterwards, but has since been cleared to compete again and will now look to secure his 13th win in a row at 145lbs.
Along the way, ‘Blessed’ has defeated the likes of Jeremy Stephens, Cub Swanson, Ricardo Lamas, Anthony Pettis and most recently secured back-to-back TKO victories over former long-time champion Jose Aldo.
As for Ortega, he refused to take a short-notice fight after Holloway pulled out unexpectedly at UFC 226, opting instead to sit out and wait for another chance to fight the champion.
Prior to that Ortega has recorded six wins in a row inside the octagon and has never been beaten in his 15-fight career to date.
During his UFC run he’s KO’d Clay Guida, Submitted Renato Moicano and Cub Swanson, plus most recently he became the first fighter ever to knockout Frankie Edgar.
Holloway Vs Ortega is the only major fight so far announced for UFC 231, but it’s not yet confirmed as the headliner, perhaps due to the fact that Dana White has suggested that Georges St-Pierre could front the show, though at this stage it’s not clear whether the Canadian star will return to action.