Brian Ortega’s featherweight title bout against Max Holloway is one of the most highly anticipated 145lb fights in recent memory.
The pair were supposed to meet at UFC 226 but the champion Holloway was worryingly pulled from the fight with concussion-like symptoms just days before the event.
With both men on weight and ready to go, a confident Brian Ortega knows exactly what fight he wants if he is able to do what no man has done since Conor McGregor five years ago and beat Max Holloway.
“We all have our bucket lists, right? And, my bucket list is to fight Max and fight Khabib,” Ortega told the TMZ Sports TV show.
“Those are the top guys in the sport … those guys are the top dogs.”
Ortega has had a meteoric rise through the featherweight ranks with ‘T-City” still unbeaten in his professional career, winning all seven of his UFC bouts, including becoming the first man to finish the legendary Frankie Edgar.
The California native is by no means looking past the incredibly tough task of Holloway, who is on a 12 fight win streak since his defeat to McGregor in 2013, but outlined that when he went to UFC 229 to see the Notorious One vs Khabib it got him thinking about a potential bout with the lightweight champion.
“I was watching the fight and we were there and all I could think of was, ‘If I was in there, I would do this differently.'”
“And, that’s kinda when you start realizing that maybe you should share the Octagon with him … if you think you have the answer.”
A fight between Ortega and Khabib would no doubt be a fascinating clash of styles between the Dagestani fighter’s freakish wrestling abilities against “T City’s” stand-out jiu-jitsu skills.
Regardless of how a fight between the two might play out, Ortega must first overcome the sizeable task of Max Holloway in their featherweight title bout at UFC 231 in Toronto tonight.