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UFC News: UFC 226 co-main event announced;  Brian Ortega vs Max Holloway for the Featherweight Title

Akshay Kumar
621   //    24 Apr 2018, 20:51 IST

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Max Holloway at UFC 218.

What's the story?

The UFC 226 card just keeps on getting better and better. Dana White confirmed that Max Holloway will defend his featherweight title against Brian Ortega at UFC 226 to be held at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main event will feature Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic defending his belt against Light Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier in a heavyweight bout.

In case you didn’t know…

Max Holloway is going back into the octagon after dominating former pound-for-pound best Jose Aldo. On the other hand, Brian Ortega is coming off a great win over the great Frankie Edgar who was finished for the first time in his career. This going to be an exciting fight between two well-rounded fighters.

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Brian Ortega at UFC 199.

The heart of the matter

The featherweight division will settle down after this exciting bout. Max Holloway is a beast on his feet and has excellent takedown defense. He has been dismantling his opponents and hasn't lost a fight in over four years. His opponent Brian Ortega is a BJJ perfectionist and is undefeated in his MMA career. He is invincible on the ground and the way he finished his opponents with his submissions is a treat to watch. His stand-up game is also pretty good as we saw in the Frankie fight as he kept his pressure and knocked Frankie out.

What's next?

The co-main event will go down on 7 July at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The winner of this fight will be crowned as 'the Featherweight King'. There are other exciting fights added to this card. The card updated 'til now is:

* Stipe Miocic (C) vs. Daniel Cormier – for the heavyweight title

* Max Holloway (C) vs. Brian Ortega – for the featherweight title

* Khalil Rountree vs. Gokhan Saki

* Raphael Assuncao vs. Rob Font


* Paulo Costa vs. Uriah Hall

* Derrick Lewis vs. Francis Ngannou

* Yancy Medeiros vs. Mike Perry

Author's take

UFC 226 just got more exciting. This might be the biggest card of the year 'til now as it has multiple great fights. The main event is a super fight between Stipe and Daniel for the heavyweight title. This is a match that nobody expected to take place but it did and the fans love it. Now Holloway-Ortega named as the second co-main event on this card means it just got better. Fans will be in for a treat for this one for sure. Stay tuned for more updates.

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