Shia LaBeouf Was Trying to Fight Brian Ortega on a Movie Set- Joe Rogan and Bert Kreischer Share a Bizarre Story From Hollywood

Published 09/29/2021, 7:04 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 03: Brian Ortega celebrates after knocking out Frankie Edgar in their featherweight bout during the UFC 222 event inside T-Mobile Arena on March 3, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Brian Ortega and Alexander Volkanovski faced off at UFC 266 in a fight for the featherweight world title. The fight went the distance as both men gave it their absolute everything. They left everything inside the octagon and gave fans arguably one of the greatest featherweight title fights of all time. 

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The manner in which ‘T-City’ absorbed punishment positioned him as a scary person who no one would want to cross.

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Joe Rogan was joined by Bert Kreischer in a recent episode of his podcast where the two men discussed the fight between ‘T-City’ and ‘The Great’. Here, Kreischer shared an interesting story involving Brian Ortega and actor Shia LaBeouf. 

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He said, “I did a deep dig on Brian Ortega. He was on Schaub’s Calabasas companion. And probably one of the most interesting human beings I’ve heard talk. He is an actor and just does not come out as an actor…. Brian Ortega was in a movie with Shia LaBeouf. Brian Ortega was in this movie with Shia LaBeouf and he told this crazy story about Shia trying to fight him… Ortega, the way he was telling the story, was legit good storytelling.”

Brian Ortega falls short in a title fight once again

‘T-City’ has been in the UFC since 2014. During that time, he has faced the very best at 145-pounds and has more often than not come out on top. In December 2018, a six-fight win streak saw him land a title shot against Max Holloway at UFC 231. 

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‘T-City’, on the receiving end of a striking masterclass from Max Holloway, succumbed to a loss that kept him out of action for a long time. 

In his return fight, Ortega secured an impressive win over ‘The Korean Zombie’ and showcased a drastically improved game which earned him a title shot for the second time in his UFC career. At UFC 266, ‘T-City’ put on an impressive display against Volkanovski and almost had a guillotine choke in the third round. 

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However, he was thoroughly outclassed by the Australian who once again proved why he is the best at 145-pounds.

Ortega is incredibly talented and would most likely be the favorite against anyone else in the division. However, results have proved that Max Holloway and Alexander Volkanovski are without a doubt in a league of their own at 145-pounds in the UFC. 

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Kevin Binoy

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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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