‘I Just Think He’s Fake’- Alexander Volkanovski Shares His Thoughts on Brian Ortega’s Personality

Published 05/28/2021, 10:17 AM EDT
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)


The UFC featherweight champion of the world, Alexander Volkanovski, has the world in his hands right now. He became the fourth person to beat former champion Max Holloway joining the likes of Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier. Moreover, he also stepped up as a coach for the Ultimate Fighter this year.

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Volkanovski will defend his title for the second time against featherweight star Brian Ortega, who is a completely changed man. Ortega was on a 14-0 run before he lost the title fight against Holloway in brutal fashion.

However, he stayed humble in defeat and came back to beat Chan Sung Jung or the Korean Zombie to get this title shot.

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Volkanovski recently appeared on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast to discuss his fight against Ortega and talk about his experience on TUF. Joe Rogan asked him about his thoughts on Ortega’s personality and how it was to work alongside him.

To be honest, mate, he doesn’t say much. I don’t know. I’m a bit over him, to be honest,” Volkanovski answered. “Yeah, just a couple of things, I just think he’s fake, and I don’t believe his shit. He plays a nice guy, and some of the shit he says like I just think it’s all bullshit.

This prompted laughs from Rogan and the other guest on the podcast Craig Jones. Ortega is known for his respectful and humble demeanor. He rarely indulges in trash-talk.

Alexander Volkanovski believes that he might be looking for reasons to hate on Brian Ortega

However, the champion took a step back and added that Ortega is not all bad. “I think you can watch the show and sort of see with little things. I don’t think he’s that bad of a guy. Maybe I’m just looking for things to hate on him,” he concluded.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 10: Alexander Volkanovski of Australia poses on the scale during the UFC 251 official weigh-in inside Flash Forum at UFC Fight Island on July 10, 2020, on Yas Island Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

It was an honest answer from the Aussie, and it would be interesting to see how it translates on the mats. The 29th edition of the Ultimate Fighter is premiering on 1st June 2021. The fans can catch new episodes every Tuesday on ESPN+.

Do you think Brian Ortega can beat Alexander Volkanovski?

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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