pounds the week of the fight triggered the suppressed symptoms of a concussion, though, there’s an internet conspiracy that he was poisoned. Either way, Holloway was cleared and shortly after, Ortega appeared before the media just over a month after the incident and announced that the eagerly anticipated fight between himself and the four-year unbeaten reigning champion Holloway was set for December 9th in Toronto. I suppose you could say it was a blessing in disguise, Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega just felt like it deserved to be the main event, on paper it was being promoted as the greatest featherweight title fight in history and it’s pretty hard to argue that point seeing the age, the domination in which both fighters showed previous, and the charisma that exudes from both men. This was a fight that was going to launch a superstar, and throughout all the trials and tribulations that Holloway had to endure through a year that admittedly left him in a depressed state, it made they lopsided fourth round technical knockout victory all the more sweeter, and all the more special for Holloway who extended his win streak to 13 now tied with Demetrious Johnson, Jon Jones, and Georges St-Pierre. illustrious company to say the least. There’s a very real criticism of the UFC that they “cannibalize their youth” by rushing them into big fights that they aren’t quite physically or mentally prepared for. This was not the case with Brian Ortega. We just didn’t quite understand how incredibly superior Max Holloway was skill-wise. It was a virtuoso performance, the way in which Holloway attacked Ortega was unlike anything we had seen prior in his 23-fight career. Most of the media was split on who they thought was going to win this fight, given Holloway’s impressive, dominate eleven fight win streak, and Ortega’s six fight win streak that came within the three or five round distance. It was a tossup on paper. The fight itself? an absolute whitewashing. Max Holloway was oozing with a championship level confidence inside the octagon, it was as if he harnessed all the doubts and all the woes of his calendar year as champion and fought with an
inextinguishable ferocity. Simply put, he thoroughly outclassed the number one contender. It seemed that Holloway realized the magnitude of importance that this fight brought to his career, he had great wins over Pettis and Aldo (twice), but he didn’t have that signature victory that you could show someone and say “this is why this guy was an all-time great,” McGregor had Aldo, Silva had Sonnen, Holyfield had Tyson, and Holloway had Ortega. it was A quite literal record breaking performance both in the cage and outside of it, the stat junkies(myself) will harp on the most significant strikes landed in a fight and in a round, Dana White will harp on the capacity 19,000 in attendance in Toronto as well as the massive PPV success, but most importantly, Max Holloway got his moment, and he ran with it. A star was born on Saturday night.
- Spring '14
- Ultimate Fighting Championship, Max Holloway