Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega were supposed to square off at UFC 260. But the fight was pulled off from the card since Volkanovski tested positive for coronavirus just as he was leaving Australia. The pair were then named as coaches for the 29th edition of The Ultimate Fighter.
The season is airing on television currently. As it is customary for the coaches in the Ultimate Fighter to face-off in an ultimate showdown, UFC President Dana White stated that the pair would be fighting at UFC 266. UFC 266 is set to take place on the 4th of September, with a light-heavyweight title fight between Jan Blachowicz vs Glover Teixeira headlining the event.
“I’m going to be putting hands on him” – Alexander Volkanovski warns Brian Ortega
With UFC 266 hardly three months away, Volkanovski gave his prediction for his fight against Ortega. He stated that he would be up for the challenge even if the fight goes to the ground (as it is believed to be Ortega’s strongpoint).
Speaking in an interview with Submission Radio, Volkanovski said, “For people to think once it hits the ground, I’m out, that’s it. Just wait and see. If it goes there, don’t be surprised if it doesn’t go his way down there as well. But I’m going to be putting hands on him. I think I’m going to be too much on the feet…I’m going to get that finish.”
Volkanovski is coming off a rematch win against Max Holloway at UFC 251, winning the contest via. split decision to defend his featherweight title for the first time.
Ortega, on the other hand, is coming off a victory against ‘The Korean Zombie’ Chan Sung Jung in October last year. He dominated the fight to win via. unanimous decision.