UFC 231 The Thrill and the Agony Preview. The Main and Co-Main Events

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The UFC has put up another ‘The Thrill and The Agony’ video to Fight Pass and gave us a sneak peek into the meat and potatoes of it. It follows the UFC 231 main event of Max Holloway vs Brian Ortega and Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Valentina Shevchenko in the co-main event.

The video, of course, stays true to its name. The range of emotions were especially high because two titles were on the line. After weeks of preparation, there were winners and there were losers, but all the fighters emptied the tank after giving everything they had.

You never want to see the losing side, especially when it is in regards to someone that is as good of a dude as Ortega. Seeing his family in tears is actually gut-wrenching. On the flip side of the coin, seeing Max Holloway’s family experiencing euphoria is just too damn cool.

‘The Thrill and The Agony’ is the perfect title.

Rener Gracie provides updated Brian Ortega condition and his future

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Brian Ortega gave fans his condition status yesterday but was very vague in his delivery. His nose and thumb were broken but he let everyone know that he was thankful for the support. Rener Gracie talked to TMZ and gave us an updated version of how Ortega is doing, as well as his mindset after the fight.

Long story short, Rener knows that Ortega is a beast and his best days are ahead of him. He goes on to talk about Ortega’s first BJJ loss and how after, it motivated him to be a straight-up killer.

Rener knows that losing this first MMA fight will do nothing but light a fire under Ortega that no one has ever seen before.

Gracie’s mantra is ‘You win or you learn’.

I have a feeling that Mr. Ortega is about to do some serious learning and will be a savage upon his return. He does not strike me as a guy who handles losing particularly well.

Brian Ortega speaks on his UFC 231 performance and doctor stoppage

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I think it’s safe to say that the doctor waving off the Max Holloway vs Brian Ortega fight was a good decision. Lord knows that referee, Yves Lavigne, would never have stopped it. Thankfully, Holloway’s thrashing of Ortega was called off due to injuries that Ortega had sustained in their fight. Holloway shattered Ortega’s face, … Read moreBrian Ortega speaks on his UFC 231 performance and doctor stoppage

UFC 231 early weigh-in results. Championship doubleheader is set.

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The ceremonial faceoffs for UFC 231 will take place today at 5 PM ET/ 2 PM /PT. However, the early weigh-ins took place this morning and everyone made weight without incident. UFC 231 will feature a championship doubleheader where we’ll see Max Holloway vs Brian Ortega for the featherweight title and Valentina Shevchenko vs Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the women’s vacant flyweight title.

You can view the ceremonial weigh-ins right here on mikeswick.com.

Early weigh-in results:

UFC 231 PPV

Max Holloway (144.5) vs. Brian Ortega (144.75) Featherweight Title
Valentina Shevchenko (123.5) vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (123.75) Women’s Flyweight Title
Gunnar Nelson (170.25) vs. Alex Oliveira (171)
Kyle Bochniak (145) vs. Hakeem Dawodu (145.75)
Jimi Manuwa (204.75) vs. Thiago Santos (205.75)

FS1 Prelims

Nina Ansaroff (115.25) vs. Claudia Gadelha (115.5)
Olivier Aubin-Mercier (155.75) vs. Gilbert Burns (155.75)
Katlyn Chookagian (125.75) vs. Jessica Eye (126)
Eryk Anders (186) vs. Elias Theodorou (184.5)

UFC Fight Pass Prelims

Brad Katona (135.5) vs. Matthew Lopez (135.5)
Chad Laprise (171) vs. Dhiego Lima (170.25)
Diego Ferreira (155.75) vs. Kyle Nelson (155.5)
Devin Clark (205) vs. Aleksandar Rakic (206)

Brian Ortega chokes the TMZ guy with the goofy ass haircut, again

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Five months ago, Brian Ortega was in the TMZ studios and he choked out one of the TMZ guys with the goofy ass Flock of Seagulls haircut. Ortega is back and the dude’s hair is still just as silly. Ortega does a little instructional on how to put a TMZ staffer to sleep, which personally, I think everyone should learn.

This is a fairly uncommon choke in competition but I can see how it would work in a street fight against someone that has no idea what they are doing.

This video is a microcosm about what BJJ is really like. With just the slightest turn or movement; A grown man can go from a happy fun-loving staffer, to a sleeping princess with a stupid ass haircut in just a matter of seconds.

Dancing Brian Ortega don’t stop til he gets enough

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On the verge of his first UFC title shot, Brian Ortega won’t stop. No, he won’t stop til he gets enough. Doing his best Michael Jackson impersonation, Brian D-City (Dance City) hits the street in his fullsuit after a surf session and shows us how to put it down. If he had shoes on, there … Read moreDancing Brian Ortega don’t stop til he gets enough

Brian Ortega knows, follow Conor McGregor if you want to get paid

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Brian Ortega gets it. You follow Conor McGregor if you want to get paid. However, T-City feels that so much money is involved with Conor and Khabib that no one will be pulling out of that fight. Ortega (while being flanked by his crew, a goat) says that if something were to happen where Khabib vs Conor is off, he’s ready to step in.

Truth be told, I’m ready to step in on Saturday if they need someone. There will be so many zeroes attached to that fight that anyone would be stupid to not take it. Ortega is close to lightweight championship weight and if the opportunity presents itself, he’s all over it.

T-City not very complimentary when describing the style of Khabib

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Brian ‘T-City’ Ortega was recently on a Metro PCS panel with some of his UFC peers and weighed in on Conor McGregor vs Khabib Nurmagomedov. As it turns out, Ortega seems like he’s very unimpressed with Khabib. In fact, he wasn’t complimentary about his fight skills at all.

“From what I saw in that Michael Johnson fight, his chin is not that great. His standup is not something that you look at and go, ‘Oh it’s too amazing’, where you can’t mess with him on the feet. The only thing he’s got on everyone is that he can take you to the cage, put that pressure on you, work that single leg, take you down, grind you out, get your arms tired in the first round. Then you stand up and once your arms are puffed out; He does that for the rest of the rounds, and pretty much scores a decision.

I want to fight Khabib. I have no business in the lightweight division, nor do I want to go up there. I want to rule the ’45 division. But, if there’s one guy that I look at stylistic wise, it’s Khabib.”

Like Kevin Lee said in the video, “Get in line, Mr Ortega”.

Edgar thinks Ortega could have possibly pissed off the UFC brass

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Frankie Edgar has been doing it longer and better than almost anyone else on the UFC roster. So, when the man gives his opinion, he has some pretty vital insight into the inner-workings of the UFC. When asked about Brian Ortega’s refusal to fight for an interim title to wait for Max Holloway, Edgar feels the UFC brass may have gotten pissed by that decision.

Dana White and company don’t usually react well when faced with this kind of stuff from fighters. Edgar feels, as do a lot of other people; Even if a short notice interim title fight is offered, you should jump all over it .

It remains to be seen what is next for Ortega, but we’ve seen people lose title shots before because they didn’t step up for the company.

Max Holloway takes to social media to make a statement on UFC 226

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Max Holloway had to pull out of his third consecutive fight, which is heartbreaking Max Holloway is not only one of the most talented fighters on the UFC roster, he’s one of the most genuine and respected as well. People show him respect because he shows it to others. He’s as likable a fighter as … Read moreMax Holloway takes to social media to make a statement on UFC 226

Jeremy Stephens to Brian Ortega, “F**k you, bitch”.

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UFC featherweight, Jeremy Stephens, has a message for Brian Ortega and it isn’t a nice one. Stephens feels that Ortega is running scared from him. When asked if he had a message for Ortega, Stephens kept it street and simple: “F**k you, bitch. You ain’t shit”.

After Max Holloway was pulled from his fight with Ortega from this weekend’s UFC 226, the UFC called Stephens. Of course, Stephens immediately accepted the fight with Ortega. However, Ortega opted out of fighting at all and said he will wait for a healthy Max Holloway.

Most people would do the same thing because title shots don’t happen every day in the UFC (I’m kidding. They do.). Stephens just isn’t made from that same cloth and feels that Ortega is just running scared.

Max Holloway pulled from UFC 226 card due to concussion symptoms

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Max had been slurring and out of it of late. He was in the hospital twice today. I have the Injury Bug! He’s got a lot to answer for, pulling this kind of stuff on America’s birthday! It’s true, Max Holloway has been pulled out of UFC 226 and his Featherweight title fight will not … Read moreMax Holloway pulled from UFC 226 card due to concussion symptoms

UFC 226 Embedded Ep. 1 -Living a life close to normal

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The fighters are getting ready to travel to Las Vegas for UFC 226

It’s that time again, the UFC has begun producing their Embedded series for UFC 226. In this episode we see the fighters living their lives as normally as possible heading into massive fights. Brian Ortega is surfing, DC is on the soccer field, Stipe is putting together a playpen and Max is dealing with the Las Vegas heat. You know, just a day in the life type stuff.

Stipe might just be low-key the funniest guy in the UFC. Little comments like “Milk was a bad choice”, from Anchorman was solid. Anyone who quotes Will Ferrall is alright by me. His wife asking him, “Why can’t you be normal?” after he kicks the box the playpen came in was also pretty good. His response, “Ok, I love you. Teamwork makes the dream work.”  He’s simply hilarious without being all upfront about it.

Brian Ortega seems like a really interesting guy as well, and can absolutely belt a verse of La Bamba with the best of them. I like Brian and I feel like he has a unique perspective and style about MMA and his life. It’s pretty refreshing.


FROM THE UFC

On Episode 1 of UFC 226 Embedded, featherweight champion Max Holloway adjusts to the heat of Las Vegas, while 205-pound champion Daniel Cormier adjusts to working out at his new size. Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic risks life and limb to assemble his soon-to-be-born daughter’s playpen.

Featherweight title challenger Brian Ortega juggles training, surfing, music, and karma. Holloway puts in time at the UFC Performance Institute, and Cormier spends time on the soccer field.

UFC 226 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the two world title fights on Saturday, July on Pay-Per-View.

MMA Overload, televised fights on Thursday, Friday and Saturday

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PFL, TUF Finale and UFC 226 run this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday! Cancel your plans for later this week, because you’ll be tied to your television getting more than your fill of MMA action! It’s an MMA Overload! Thursday night on NCBSN PFL is running their third card of the season. Of course Friday and … Read moreMMA Overload, televised fights on Thursday, Friday and Saturday

If you ever wanted to see a TMZ reporter get strangled, call Brian Ortega

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Finally, an athlete gets their hands on a TMZ reporter with no recourse. Brian Ortega was in-studio to promote his upcoming title fight with Max Holloway and a TMZ employee wanted to know what it was like to get either knocked out or choked out by a UFC fighter. Ortega is a master at submissions so the employee opted to get strangled by him.

While we were unable to get the full choke, it was a great representation of what these fighters at the highest level can do. Ortega going step by step in his instruction; He could have had this guy out in less than two seconds.

Thanks to TMZ worrying about lawsuits etc, we only got the choke but no nap time. Pity.

Maybe next time.