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Brian Ortega addresses late UFC 303 withdrawal from Diego Lopes battle: ‘I bought sick and my physique gave out’

Brian Ortega has released a statement addressing what went wrong during UFC 303 fight week. After stepping up on short notice to replace another co-feature that fell apart, Ortega (16-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) was ready to compete against Diego Lopes in the co-main event of UFC 303 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. After completing

Brian Ortega addresses late UFC 303 withdrawal from Diego Lopes battle: ‘I bought sick and my physique gave out’

Brian Ortega has launched an announcement addressing what went incorrect throughout UFC 303 battle week.

After stepping up on brief discover to interchange one other co-feature that fell aside, Ortega (16-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) was able to compete in opposition to Diego Lopes within the co-main occasion of UFC 303 at T-Cell Area in Las Vegas.

After finishing all of his battle week media obligations, the previous featherweight title challenger requested that the bout in opposition to Lopes (25-6 MMA, 4-1 UFC) be moved to a lightweight bout simply hours earlier than weigh-ins, to which his opponent and the promotion agreed.

Ortega weighed in at 155 kilos however wouldn’t make it to the cage on battle evening as he withdrew on battle day attributable to sickness, making approach for Dan Ige to step up on a moment’s notice to face Lopes.

Wednesday, Ortega addressed what went incorrect in an announcement posted on Instagram, stating, “To these have all the time supported me, I’m very grateful in your guys. I hope this brings readability to you.”

Learn Ortega’s full assertion beneath:

“I’m feeling significantly better, thanks for all of the love. Come battle week I felt off and I didn’t really feel proper, I assumed it was simply the residual results from the minimize. I used to be 178 lb once I accepted this battle on 15 days discover. Thursday evening after 7 straight hours, I couldn’t break 151 lb. Later, I’d battle out that I used to be battling a fever and I couldn’t break into the ultimate 5 lbs as my physique began to close down. Somewhat than risking enormous well being penalties and probably calling the battle off, fortunately we have been in a position to transfer the burden to 155. At weigh ins, I nonetheless felt off however I used to be certain it will go away after I rehydrated and ate. Afterward that evening I nonetheless felt off and was affected by chilly sweats and no sleep. Lastly, I fell asleep at 6 am Saturday morning and wakened at 1 pm hoping to really feel higher. I couldn’t preserve any meals or water down nor may I arise to make use of the restroom.

I struggled with my very own ego, bought on a name with Tiki (Ghosn) and Hunter (Campbell), and I made the choice to name off the battle. I dared to do one thing loopy for the love of combating, however I bought sick and my physique gave out on me. I need to give the followers and my opponents my finest efficiency each time I step into the cage. Diego Lopes I can solely think about what went off in your facet, you don’t have anything however my respect and I’ll discuss to Hunter and Tiki and make this proper by you. To the UFC, Dana, Hunter, and the followers, thanks for having my again.”

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