Dana White Confirms Massive Fight- Alexander Volkanovski Set to Fight Brian Ortega in February

Published 12/17/2020, 12:31 AM EST


UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski will probably defend his belt for the second time in February 2021, against Brian Ortega. Volkanovski made his first defense against former champion Max Holloway at UFC 251. He won the fight via a debatable split decision.

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Many fans and experts believed the Hawaiian Holloway actually won that fight. So the promotion was on-board with booking a trilogy between the two top featherweights. But, those plans are off the table as of now.

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“Blessed” will fight Calvin Kattar in January, in what promises to be a banger. As for Volkanovski, Brian Ortega should be next for him. “T-City” defeated Chan Sung Jung back in October. It was a complete masterclass from Ortega who emerged as the no.1 contender yet again.

Speaking to Caroline Pearce of BT, Dana White confirmed that the UFC is looking to book the featherweight title bout in February. “Probably (February). That’s a fun fight, too. I love that fight,” said the UFC President.

UFC 258 is the pay-per-view in February. It has been touted that the welterweight title fight between Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns will headline that card. So, Volkanovski vs Ortega looks likely to be the co-main event.

Brian Ortega looks in rejuvenated form

Brian Ortega suffered his first career loss at UFC 231. His first attempt at the featherweight strap against then-champion Max Holloway went in vain. Holloway’s experience and crafty striking proved to be too much for him.

But, after almost a 2-year lay-off, Ortega returned against “The Korean Zombie”. Many believed this to be a nightmare matchup for him. However, “T-City” shut down his doubters in style as he schooled Jung over the course of 5 rounds.

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Now the submission master will have a second bite at the company’s top prize. The champion Alexander Volkanovski is currently on a 19-fight win streak. So, Ortega knows he has a special kind of opponent ahead of him.

However, he will look to channel in the experience of his first title fight as he seeks to have the gold wrapped around his waist. Can Ortega finally become a UFC champion? Or will Volkanovski reign supreme and defend his throne?

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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