While Ortega isn’t looking past Holloway, a super fight against UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is something Ortega wants in the future.
“Every grappler, we have this since even before I was training, this whole wrestler vs. jiu-jitsu,” Ortega said at a UFC 231 media luncheon. “We get along in the gym and we’re always like, you know, this is a matchup. Our hands are both good. He’s a top game guy and a wrestler and I’m a bottom game guy and a jiu-jitsu guy.”
Ironically, it was that bout at UFC 229 that first put the idea in Ortega’s head for the super fight against Nurmagomedov.
“I was watching a lot of things in that fight, where, if I was in that position, there’s a lot of things I’d be doing differently,” Ortega said. “And that kind of just made me realize, kind of just, what I want is a superfight, if I ever get there, and it’s within reach. If I play my cards right, it’s within reach.”
UFC 231 takes place on Saturday, December 8 from the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with Max Holloway and Brian Ortega headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.