‘I’m Going To Break Him’- Alexander Volkanovski Has a Plan to End Brian Ortega’s Title Dreams

Published 01/03/2021, 11:56 AM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: Alexander Volkanovski of Australia celebrates after his split-decision victory over Max Holloway 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)


Alexander Volkanovski has been confirmed to defend his UFC Featherweight Championship against Brian Ortega in his next bout. While the date is yet to be confirmed, everyone knows this is the next fight. However, this won’t be Ortega’s first title shot. That came in October 2018 and was one of the most one-sided losses in title history at the hands of then-champion Max Holloway.

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Volkanovski believes that he will beat Ortega in a fashion similar to how Max did, which is a very tall claim to make.

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“Just with his fight with Max again. You’ve seen that it’s not easy to work on a gas tank. Some people just have it, some people don’t. And you know obviously, you can grow but you can’t. I believe I’m going to break him. The way that Max did, I believe that’s somewhere I can go with. Especially with my pressuring style. This is a fun fight for me because I get to put the pressure on. I get to be in his face which is fun and people want to see that.”

Alexander Volkanovski: Can he beat Ortega as Holloway did?

Well, if Alex Volkanovski can beat Max Holloway twice, he should be able to beat Ortega worse than Holloway did, right? Well, not quite. Ortega was pushed into the title picture sooner than he should have been, and Holloway exposed him for that. His gas tank was empty and Holloway got to easily beat an uncomfortable Ortega.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: (L-R) Alexander Volkanovski of Australia punches Max Holloway 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)

However, Ortega just came off an 18-month layoff looking sharp as ever. After his win over The Korean Zombie, he established himself as a challenger again, as Holloway cannot try to get his belt back for a third fight in a row.

Volkanovski is very talented and is the champion for a reason. However, the factors that worked against Ortega in 2018 vs Max won’t be a factor now. He is wiser, smarter, and will definitely prepare for this fight better than his last time in a championship fight.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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