Ortega defended his decision not to fight at UFC 226 through an Instagram post:
I’m a Businessman, a company man, but I’m no yes man. Watching the fights last night knowing I could have been performing for all of you truly took a toll on me. I stand by my decision. Thank you to all of you who showed up to support and respected my decision. For those of you who don’t agree with me I completely understand and promise to give you guys the show of your life when I fight for the title. #tcity
The UFC also tried to book an interim title bout between former UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar and Stephens, but there wasn’t enough time to get the deal done.
There is no word when the featherweight title rematch should get booked again, but more should be known as Holloway gets further medical tests done.