Brian Ortega isn’t looking past Alexander Volkanovski, but ‘T-City’ admits that he is desperate to avenge his TKO loss to former featherweight champion Max Holloway.
If Ortega can supplant Volkanovski to capture the featherweight title at UFC 266 this weekend, the 30-year-old submission specialist says a rematch with ‘Blessed’ would be ‘ideal.’
“That would be ideal,” Ortega told TMZ Sports ahead of his fight against reigning featherweight champ Volkanovski at UFC 266 (h/t MMA Fighting). “I’m not trying to speak ahead or get past Volkanovski because he beat Max twice, so I’m not here to already start celebrating but that would be ideal. I’m a better person, better fighter than I was when I fought him and watching his last fight, so is he. You always want that. As a fighter, as a competitor, you always want to make that sh*t square or to say, ‘Yo dog, you know what? You legit got the best of me. Good sh*t.’”
“I’m competitive,” he added. “I want to make sh*t even. It does bother me. You go in there and you go, ‘F*ck!’ I look at my record and I go, ‘F*ck, that one belongs to him. Oh you motherf*cker! Good sh*t.’ I’m not a hater either. I’m not a hater so I’m like good sh*t but I’m from the hood, let’s run that sh*t back. (Laughs). Let’s run it back. Let’s always run it back. Let’s f*cking get down. Even if he f*cks me up again, I’ll fight you 100 times. I’m gonna get one.”
Ortega rebounded from his stoppage loss to Holloway with a lopsided decision win over Korean Zombie at UFC Fight Night 180. He will take on Volkanovski in the UFC 266 main event. The pay-per-view extravaganza is scheduled to take place Saturday, Sept. 25 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.