LAS VEGAS – The UFC featherweight champion unloaded on his challenger after Thursday’s UFC 266 pre-fight news conference.
“I didn’t know about you popping,” Volkanovski said during their intense staredown on Thursday following the press conference. “That sh*t don’t sit effectively with me. You don’t need to be here. You’re a f*cking drug cheat.”
Ortega tested certain for drostanolone in 2014 following his first-round submission victory over Mike De La Torre at UFC on FOX 12, which has since been changed to a no contest. Ortega admitted he made a mistake, apologized, and moved on from the “haters” that peaceful criticized him years after.
Volkanovski’s phrases came fair minutes after he corrected a question during the click conference about Ortega deserving to share the cage with him. “Hello, he deserves to be here, I’ll give him that,” Volkanovski said. “However he ain’t taking the belt. You don’t deserve it.”
The PED history of Ortega was no longer talked about by Volkanovski during the time the 2 combatants spent together while filming the most fresh season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” It’s unclear when the champ learned about his PED past, on the opposite hand, Volkanovski believes that his failed test adds to his old assessment that his opponent isn’t professional satisfactory.
“To be apt, (he’s) obviously unprofessional,” Volkanovski said based on a question about what he learned about Ortega during the filming of TUF 29. “I’ve said it all week. Unprofessional and weakness, what I mean? What upsets me the most is (he’s) unprofessional. I attach the hard yards in my entire lifestyles, especially in this career. That’s how I obtained this belt.”
“I fair look weakness, unprofessional,” Volkanovski persisted. “Obviously, exhibiting weakness a few years back popping (for PEDs), producing, that sh*t annoys me. It’s unprofessional and I ain’t about that sh*t.”
Since his failed test in 2014, Ortega has efficiently competed eight instances with out failing a test, even below stricter pointers imposed by U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) upon UFC combatants in 2015.
Volkanovski and Ortega will share the cage within the main match of Saturday’s UFC 266 with the featherweight title on the line. The match airs on pay-per-search following prelims on ESPN, and early prelims on ESPN+.