Alexander Volkanovski calls Brian Ortega ‘f*cking drug cheat’ in tense press conference staredown
Already at the UFC 266 press conference, it became clear that featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovsky did not like Brian Ortega. But, standing face to face with his opponent coach, Best Fighter 29Volkanovski took the situation a notch higher by drawing attention to Ortega’s past with performance-enhancing drugs.
UFC President Dana White had to hold both fighters by the hand during a press conference, and they looked at each other, looking at each other. In the midst of the conversation, Volkanovsky said: “I didn’t know you were showing up. This shit doesn’t suit me. You don’t deserve to be here. Buddy, you’re a fucking drug cheat.
Volkanovsky was referring to a 2014 positive drug test by Ortega, who canceled a UFC win at FOX 12 for no contest after he tested positive for drostanolone, a well-known steroid. Ortega was suspended for nine months and later apologized for taking PED before the event.
On the podium during the press conference, Volkanovski was less blunt about Ortega, who was mostly quiet as the UFC champion called him “unprofessional,” adding that he saw “weakness” in the title challenger.
“What upsets me the most is the lack of professionalism,” Volkanovsky said. “I’ve been challenging my entire life, especially in this career. That’s how I got this belt. And he’s half weak, late for training. You name it.
“Obviously showing weakness a few years ago, appearing, producing, do you know what I mean? Oh shit. This shit annoys me. It’s not unprofessional and I’m not talking about this shit. “
When Ortega tried to defend himself, this prompted the already flushed Volkanovsky to interrupt him.
“Dude, since I was told you popped out, I had no idea,” he said. “As I was told, that’s all. I’m done. This shit doesn’t support me. “
“You did, right? But don’t do shit about it, ”Ortega replied.
Volkanovski has fired Ortega on numerous occasions since they were together at TUF 29, which he hosted when his teammates beat opponents from Ortega to earn spots in both brackets of the reality show’s tournament finals.
Ortega expressed bewilderment at how things got so personal, but on Thursday he said it didn’t matter how seriously he was taken.
“I’m already here,” he said. “I’m going to share the octagon with him, whether he likes it or not.”
“He deserves to be here, I’ll give it to him,” Volkanovsky objected. “But he doesn’t take the belt. He doesn’t deserve it. “