By Mike Bohn |
March 20, 2021 8: 40 pm
The featherweight title now now not might be on the toll road at UFC 260.
The news used to be launched on Saturday’s UFC on ESPN 21 broadcast. The trouble, in accordance to a document on the broadcast, stemmed from Volkanovski’s facet. Earlier Saturday, Volkanovski teammate Brad Riddell had his UFC on ESPN 21 co-fundamental event in opposition to Gregor Gillespie pulled due to COVID-19 protocols.
No unique date for the wrestle used to be been launched.
Volkanovski (22-1 MMA, 9-0 UFC) is riding a 19-wrestle successful high-tail into his second UFC title defense are trying. Following six straight wins to kick off his UFC tenure, Volkanovski defeated then-champion Max Holloway by unanimous decision at UFC 245 in December 2019.
Seven months later at UFC 251 in July 2020, Volkanovski and Holloway fought for a second time. Volkanovski successfully defended his title for the first time when he defeated Holloway by split decision.
In October, Ortega (15-1 w. 1 NC MMA, 7-1 UFC) returned from a 22-month absence from competition. Over the route of 5 rounds, Ortega dominated surging contender Chan Sung Jung for a unanimous decision and reentered the bewitch column following a devastating title shot loss to Holloway in December 2018.
UFC 260 takes space March 27 on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The fundamental card airs on pay-per-peep following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+.