The fighter has a big opportunity as well after UFC 231 because Ortega is going to have a big role in a feature film that starts shooting after his title fight.
“It’s a movie that I signed with,” Ortega said at a UFC 231 media luncheon. “I don’t know. I’ve gotta check, but I think I’ll be the first UFC fighter in history to have the lead role in a big movie. I didn’t really talk to the producer yet, so I don’t really know what I can say or what I can’t say.”
Not much is known about the movie Ortega is going to be in, as a title or other stars in the film have yet to be revealed.
Ortega is able to take other opportunities outside of the MMA world because Ortega sees himself as more than just a fighter.
“I don’t look like a fighter,” Ortega said. “I like it though, because it just allows me to be in the position I am now to where I can venture out to wherever I want to go. I can go into acting, I can go into this, I can go different ways now. And because of fighting, I can do that. I just like it. I like the ability, almost like a chameleon, right? Put on a camera and put on some whatever and you’re an actor. Put me in a cage, I’m a fighter. Put me somewhere else — I’m in an ocean, I’m a surfer. I don’t know what I am, I just do it all. And I want to be good at everything.”
UFC 231 takes place tonight from the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with Brian Ortega and Max Holloway headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.