Brian Ortega stands by decision to decline UFC 226 short-notice fight: 'I'm no yes man'

Brian Ortega was supposed to fight at UFC 226, where, if all went according to plan, he’d have celebrated the biggest moment of his career. Instead, he was relegated to being a spectator.

That’s because Ortega (14-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) stood his ground following the sudden withdrawal of featherweight champ Max Holloway from their planned co-headliner in the middle of fight week. Holloway (19-3 MMA, 15-3 UFC) was forced out with concussion-like symptoms last Wednesday night, leaving Ortega in...


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