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Brian Ortega releases statement on Alexander Volkanovski’s withdrawal from UFC 260

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Brian Ortega releases a statement following his fight cancellation at UFC 260.

Brian Ortega before his fight against The Korean Zombie in October 2020
Brian Ortega prepares to take on The Korean Zombie at UFC Fight Island 6.
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Brian Ortega has wished Alexander Volkanovski a speedy recovery following his medical withdrawal from UFC 260.

‘T-City’ was scheduled to challenge ‘The Great’ for the featherweight title in the UFC 260 co-main event but the latter was forced to pull out of the matchup after testing positive for COVID-19 last week.

Volkanovski is understandably devastated with the news, but Ortega has released a statement on social media assuring Alex that the matchup will be rescheduled in no time (h/t BJPenn.com).

“So you guys all heard, I don’t have to tell you anymore. But, Volkanovski tested positive for Covid. He’s done everything right. We’ve done everything right. I know you (Alex Volkanovski) would have taken the fight, even with Covid. That’s the type of human you are. I respect that. I hope you get better. I hope you heal up fast and we’ll postpone it and we will just reschedule it to when we’ve got to. Stay sharp. We’re staying sharp and whenever this sh*t is meant to happen it will happen,” Ortega said.

There’s no word on whether the UFC is considering a replacement for Ortega but it’s unlikely the 30-year-old will accept a fight on short notice without the featherweight title up for grabs.

UFC 260, which features a heavyweight title bout between Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou in the main event, takes places on March 27 at the UFC APEX facility in Las Vegas.