'I was willing to die in there'

'I was willing to die in there'

"Feels like he is gonna run this division about as long as he wants", added UFC welterweight Ben Askren, a former One Championship and Bellator champion.

"(The doctors) are in there for our safety", said Holloway, who has now won 13 UFC bouts. "There's bigger and better things for him (at lightweight)". And likely help their health. Last night was Max's night. Who should Ortega fight next? "Come see me! Blessed era, baby".

UFC president Dana White applauded the decision to end the fight.

Max Holloway connects as he defends his UFC Featherweight title against Brian Ortega at UFC 231 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto Saturday night.

Ortega absorbed over 300 strikes during the fight - an all time UFC record - before he was finished after the fourth round.

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Reuters Steve Marcus

There has been a lot of talk about the possibility of Holloway moving up to lightweight next.

Holloway's winning streak is tied for the second-longest in UFC history behind Anderson Silva's 16 consecutive victories.

Last year, The American mixed martial artist Jerome Max Keliʻi Holloway has dragged out three fights. Holloway's crisp punches were coming from all angles and his deft footwork and distance control were fully defusing the challenger's counterpunching threat and fearsome submission game. Ortega's left eye was virtually closed, his face a bloody mask.

His superb takedown defence, meanwhile, robs rivals of many of their skills.

Holloway was sharp on his feet in the early stages of the bout, landing clean strikes and getting out of range before Ortega could respond.


A showman, the champion danced at one point. He repeatedly slipped Ortega's punches and peppered him with jabs and right hands. However, Holloway was forced off the card with an injury, and replaced by Brian Ortega. His mood - and face - changed in the second round as Nelson (17-3-1) took him down, got mount, carved him open with elbows and then locked on a rear-naked choke to end it at 4:17.

Even Holloway acknowledges that the Brazilian remains the 145-pound gold standard.

The Hawaiian wants to continue his legacy at featherweight but his next move could be a 10-pound jump to lightweight.

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"Doctor stopped it and I agree", he wrote on Instagram on Sunday afternoon.


Restored to health, Holloway picked up an extra US$100,000 in bonuses for fight and performance of the night. An injury kept him out of a fight against Frankie Edgar at UFC 222 in February.

"Dana White is the boss. Everybody in the top five is an interesting, exciting fight for Holloway", White told the post-fight news conference. But probably the most interesting matchup would be a rematch against Conor McGregor, the last fighter to defeat Holloway five years ago. No. 1 contender Tony Ferguson has already volunteered his services.

"I made the weight, I made it look easy", he said.

After claiming the win, Shevchenko paid tribute to her opponent, saying: "I'm very happy that I get this belt in this fight with Joanna, because she is very professional".


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