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Brian Ortega addresses Alexander Volkanovski’s stunning loss: ‘It didn’t look like it was the identical Volk’

Brian Ortega doesn’t believe Ilia Topuria fought the same Alexander Volkanovski that he did nearly three years ago. This past Saturday, Topuria knocked out Volkanovski in the main event of UFC 298 to claim the featherweight title. It was the 35-year-old veteran’s first ever loss in the weight class and as a man who previously

Brian Ortega addresses Alexander Volkanovski’s stunning loss: ‘It didn’t look like it was the identical Volk’

Brian Ortega doesn’t imagine Ilia Topuria fought the identical Alexander Volkanovski that he did practically three years in the past.

This previous Saturday, Topuria knocked out Volkanovski in the primary occasion of UFC 298 to say the featherweight title. It was the 35-year-old veteran’s first ever loss within the weight class and as a person who beforehand confronted the now ex-featherweight champion, Ortega says that that he’s unsure that was the identical Volkanovski he needed to sq. off in opposition to.

“It simply obtained shuffled final week, bro!” Ortega when requested in regards to the state of the featherweight division throughout his UFC Mexico City media day scrum. “Props to Ilia. He received. That was a formidable, very, very devastating KO that he obtained.

“For Volk, I’m attempting to take a look at it from each views. Both Topuria’s recreation plan was actually good, staying calm, transferring again, throwing energy punches, after which Volk — to me — it didn’t look like it was the identical Volk. Then seeing him and being in entrance of him, I’m like, man, you’re transferring totally different. However clearly he adjusts for each opponent he has, so who is aware of? However I’m curious to see what’s going to occur now within the featherweight division.”

Ortega challenged Volkanovski for the featherweight title at UFC 266 in 2021, shedding a unanimous determination, although he practically pulled off an unimaginable submission within the third spherical.

Sadly for Ortega, Topuria’s win may very well be dangerous for him. Even earlier than successful the title, “El Matador” claimed that he wouldn’t give title photographs to any of the fighters who fell quick in opposition to Volkanovski, as a substitute saying they could “all go and retire.” However Ortega doesn’t appear to be too bothered by that.

“My reply is at all times, ‘We’ll see,’” Ortega mentioned. “We’ll see.”

First issues first, Ortega has his personal enterprise to take care of earlier than he can take into consideration Topuria or title photographs. This weekend, “T-Metropolis” rematches Yair Rodriguez within the 5 spherical co-main occasion of UFC Mexico Metropolis. Their first combat resulted in controversy after a shoulder harm within the first spherical rendered Ortega unable to proceed, and now, practically two years later, he lastly makes his return, and he’s anticipating a barnburner.

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“Principally, we simply began getting warmed up,” Ortega mentioned of the primary combat. “We have been very dry, nonetheless attempting to really feel one another out, obtained ahold of one another, hit one another a bit bit, felt one another’s energy. It was nonetheless partially in that really feel out session, so it’s going to now be two rounds of that really feel out session after which an additional added 4 after that. It’s going to be an excellent combat.”

UFC Mexico Metropolis takes place this Saturday at Area CDMX in Mexico Metropolis.

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