Brian Ortega Wants Khabib Nurmagomedov After Max Holloway Fight


Brian Ortega is challenging Max Holloway for the UFC Featherweight Title in the co-main event of UFC 226.

The featherweight contender has an opponent in mind after his title bout and that is UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

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“It’s on my radar,” he said to MMA Junkie. “I have a big fight right now, but that one, for sure, it’s on the radar. I have to be successful on July 7, and hopefully, I can make that (fight with Nurmagomedov) happen after.”

If Ortega can defeat Holloway for the gold and then challenge Nurmagomedov, it could make him just a handful of fighters to hold two belts in two different weight classes.

Nurmagomedov has some of the best wrestling in MMA, but Ortega believes his bottom game would provide a challenge to the lightweight champion.

“Not too many people present a good ground game from the bottom,” Ortega said. “They survive a little bit, and it’s kind of boring. But not too many people are attacking from the bottom, hurting with elbows. They don’t bring that kind of game because it takes a long time to develop. Whereas me, I grew up in that situation, where I was always the bottom guy, always getting beat up by these guys. So I had to adapt my game to that.”

UFC 226 takes place on Saturday, July 7 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.

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