A second title fight has been added to the UFC 226, as first reported by MMA Junkie as UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway defends the gold against #1 Brian Ortega. The UFC confirmed the news Saturday night at UFC Atlantic City.
Holloway (19-3-0) is going to be making the second defense of his championship at the event, last defending it against Jose Aldo at UFC 218. Holloway became the undisputed featherweight champion when he defeated Aldo the first time by third round TKO at UFC 212. Holloway hasn’t suffered a defeat in almost five years, with that last loss coming against former two division champion Conor McGregor at UFC Fight Night 26.
Ortega (14-0-0-1NC) has already earned six victories under the UFC banner, last defeating former UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar by first round knockout at UFC 222. Ortega hasn’t had a bout go the distance in over four years and he has yet to go to a decision while competing in the UFC. Ortega is a former Resurrection Fighting Alliance Featherweight Champion, defeating Keoni Koch to win the gold at RFA 12.
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.