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Brian Ortega Explains Final-Minute Withdrawal from UFC 303 Battle vs. Diego Lopes

zach bachar Contributor I July 3, 2024 Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Brian Ortega released a statement on Wednesday that explained his decision to withdraw just before his clash with Diego Lopes at UFC 303. Ortega mentioned that he “felt off” during the week leading up to the fight and was also battling a

Brian Ortega Explains Final-Minute Withdrawal from UFC 303 Battle vs. Diego Lopes

zach bacharContributor IJuly 3, 2024

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JUNE 28: Brian Ortega poses on the scale during the UFC 303 ceremonial weigh-in at T-Mobile Arena on June 28, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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Brian Ortega launched an announcement on Wednesday that defined his determination to withdraw simply earlier than his conflict with Diego Lopes at UFC 303.

Ortega talked about that he “felt off” in the course of the week main as much as the struggle and was additionally battling a fever.

“I couldn’t maintain any meals or water down nor might I rise up to make use of the restroom,” the assertion stated. “I struggled with my very own ego, received on a name with Tiki and Hunter, and I made the choice to name off the struggle. I dared to do one thing loopy for the love of combating, however I received sick and my physique gave out on me.”

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Brian Ortega launched an announcement about his UFC 303 withdrawal on Instagram. pic.twitter.com/FXou3xY8vK

Dan Ige stepped in to interchange Ortega mere hours earlier than the struggle, though Lopes ended up with a victory.

The struggle went the space earlier than Lopes ended up profitable by unanimous determination. He earned his fourth straight win on Saturday, bettering his total file to 25-6-0.

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The struggle between Ortega and Lopes was modified to a light-weight bout from a featherweight contest, as Ortega could not get all the way down to 146 kilos. He talked about that his illness was a part of the explanation why he was unable to chop down in his assertion on Wednesday, explaining that he “couldn’t break into the ultimate 5 lbs as my physique began to close down.”

“Relatively than risking enormous well being penalties and probably calling the struggle off, fortunately we have been capable of transfer the burden to 155,” he stated.

Regardless of Ortega’s determination to withdraw, Lopes revealed that he is nonetheless open to dealing with the 33-year-old and teased a possible bout on the Sphere in Las Vegas.

“If the UFC can truly reschedule that struggle in opposition to Brian Ortega, I will be very completely satisfied,” Lopes stated, through Nolan King and Ken Hathaway of MMA Junkie. “If they will reschedule that for the Sphere, even happier.”

Whereas the preliminary UFC 303 co-main occasion ended up altering, Lopes and Ortega might nonetheless face off in opposition to one another within the Octagon at a later date.

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