Throughout the buildup to the much-anticipated featherweight title fight between divisional king Max Holloway and no. 1 contender, Brian Ortega, both have been very respectful of one another. During the UFC 231 pre-fight press conference. (Dec. 5, 2018)
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Still, Max could not help but feel better with Ortega's undefeated mark and rise in the division instead of his own dominance through the 145-pound weight class. That's why "Blessed" took the opportunity to remind "T-City" that while he is good, everything he's done up to this point, he has already done it better.
"He's good, he's a dangerous man, but, everybody's talking about Brian and this and that, everything the guy did, I did better. He's on a what, six-fight win streak, I got 12. Hey beat a champion, I beat two. And I beat one of them twice, "Max said.
"At the end of the day, the 'Blessed' express is going around in a circle. We are lapping you, bro. And I am younger, so, congratulations. "
In Rebuttal, Ortega went with the "sometimes no response is the best response" approach, meaning he'll just let his fists come to the talking come Saturday night.
For Holloway, a win over Ortega wants to give him his thirteenth win a row and second title defense since winning the belt last year. Plus, it has not been able to do that much better than this.
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