The anticipated featherweight championship clash between Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega will be postponed for a while longer, but it will be worth the wait after a lengthy televised meeting.
UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski is still waiting to make his second title defense after his UFC 260 fight with Brian Ortega was postponed due to COVID-19. You will continue to wait a long time. That’s because Volkanovski and Ortega will be the coaches in the next season of The last fighter according to ESPN reporter Brett Okamoto.
There is currently no date announced for the start of the new TUF season or when the Volkanovski / Ortega match will take place. Naturally, the fight will occur at the end of the season as is TUF tradition.
TUF’s most recent season took place in 2018 with Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum as head coaches. The fight between the two was scheduled to take place at UFC 234, but Whittaker had to withdraw from the fight at the last minute due to an abdominal hernia. There were long-standing doubts as to whether the show would continue after the success of Dana White Contender Series and after the UFC signed a deal with ESPN, but now we have our answer.
Alexander Volkanovski last competed against Max Holloway at UFC 251, where he earned a very close split decision to retain the title. As for Brian Ortega, his most recent fight saw him paint a masterpiece in his fight against The Korean Zombie (Chan Sung Jung) last October.
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