The UFC featherweight title will be up for grabs this July at UFC 226 in Las Vegas when Max Holloway attempts to defend his strap against undefeated contender Brian Ortega.
The July 7 event is headlined by a heavyweight title fight featuring current “baddest man on the planet” Stipe Miocic defending his title against current UFC light heavyweight title holder Daniel Cormier.
Max Holloway will enter his fight with Ortega riding a spectacular twelve fight win streak, with his two most recent victories coming via TKO over former division kingpin Jose Aldo.
The Hawaiians last loss came way back in August of 2013 when he was outpointed by former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion Conor McGregor.
Since then, Max Holloway has defeated eleven different men including former UFC champion Anthony Pettis, Cub Swanson, Diego Brandao, Charles Oliveria and the aforementioned Jose Aldo (2x).
Meanwhile, undefeated featherweight contender Brian Ortega, who has recorded six stoppage victories in a row, represents arguably Max Holloway’s biggest challenge to date.
“T-City” is coming off a historic win over Frankie Edgar at last month’s UFC 222 event, becoming the first fighter in UFC history to stop “The Answer”.
Ortega boasts an undefeated record of 14-0 which includes wins over Clay Guida, Cub Swanson, Thiago Tavares and the aforementioned Frankie Edgar.
Here are the opening odds for UFC 226’s highly anticipated featherweight title bout between Max Holloway and Brian Ortega via Jedi Goodman.
“Blessed” has opened as the slight favorite at -169 while Brian Ortega is currently listed as a +144 underdog.
It will be interesting to see how the odds change as we come closer to July’s highly anticipated UFC 226 event.
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