BREAKING:- Title Fight Between Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega Called off Due to COVID Protocols

Published 03/20/2021, 9:46 PM EDT


The coronavirus pandemic has canceled yet another fight. At UFC Vegas 22, the co-main event between Brad Riddell and Gregor Gillespie was scrapped. The knock-on effects of the same have meant that next week’s 145-pound title fight between Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega is also off. 

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Number two ranked Ortega was set to take on the champion at UFC 260 as one of two title fights on the night. Riddell happens to be teammates with champion Alexander Volkanovski. Since his bout was canceled due to COVID-19 protocols, his teammate’s fight has also been canceled to ensure the safety of everyone involved. 

The fight will be postponed to a later date. However, at this point in time, neither a tentative date nor venue has been fixed. 

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Brian Ortega vs Alexander Volkanovski will be a cracker of a fight at 145-pounds

‘The Great’ has been on a tear ever since joining the UFC and is currently riding a 19 fight win streak. Most recently, at UFC 251, he defended his belt for the first time against former champion, Max Holloway. 

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: (R-L) Max Holloway punches Alexander Volkanovski of Australia. In their UFC featherweight championship fight. During the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

There was a lot of controversy surrounding the fight, many believed that Max Holloway won the fight. However, against Ortega, ‘The Great’ had a chance to prove all doubters wrong with a second successive title defense. 

Ortega bounced back impressively with an impeccable display against ‘The Korean Zombie‘. The time away from the sport seemed to have done Ortega a world of good as he looked extremely sharp. ‘T-City’ is mainly known for his Jiu-Jitsu, however, against ‘The Korean Zombie’ it looked as though he had worked considerably on his boxing skills. 

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What makes this fight extremely interesting is the fact that Ortega can hold his own against Volkanovski on the feet. However, if the fight ends up on the ground, ‘T-City’ as he is rightfully known is one of the most lethal Jiu-Jitsu practitioners not only in the division but also in the sport. 

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Fans will be hoping that the fight is rescheduled as soon as possible, as the bout between the two men will surely be an epic clash. When do you think ‘The Great’ and ‘T-City’ will do battle? 

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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