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UFC 227: Brian Ortega wants title fight if Max Holloway sidelined for extended period

Sporting News — stevemuehlhausen@yahoo.com (Steven Muehlhausen)

UFC president Dana White said at Saturday's UFC 226 post-fight conference that he didn't know how long featherweight champion Max Holloway will be sidelined, but he suspected it would be for an extended period of time.

Hearing White's news, Brian Ortega wants his shot at the featherweight championship and at this point, he doesn't care who is standing across from him.

“From what I’m getting now, they said that Max might not fight for a long time, and he might not even fight 145,” Ortega said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show.

”So I told them then, make the belt vacant and then I’ll fight whoever you guys want me to fight ASAP.

"I’ll fight them at UFC 227 here in Staples (Center in Los Angeles), but let’s get that situated.”

MUEHLHAUSEN: Holloway situation a reminder that health must come first

Holloway and Ortega were set to battle in the co-main event of the show. On Wednesday, Holloway got pulled from the fight, in what his team described as "concussion-like symptoms."

The UFC scrambled to make an interim title fight between Ortega and Jeremy Stephens, but Ortega balked, saying he would only face Holloway. 

UFC 227 takes place on August 3 and is headlined by a rematch of the bantamweight title, featuring TJ Dillashaw taking on Cody Garbrandt.

The co-main event will also be a rematch, as Demetrious Johnson defends the flyweight title against Henry Cejudo.

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