UFC contender Brian Ortega was given a six-month cautionary ban after his defeat to Max Holloway.
The fighter, 31, was one of 16 stars to be given extended medical suspensions following UFC 231. In 2018, the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport released to publication MMA Fighting the names that would be out for a considerable period following the event and the American featherweight was among them.
Ortega lost in the fourth-round via TKO to Holloway after a doctor’s stoppage. Quite remarkably, he received an all-time record of over 300 hits – 290 of which were significant during the contest. During the bout, Ortega said that he had suffered injuries to both his thumb and his nose and that he had to go to hospital after the showdown.
He had to sit out for around 180 days before being able to compete again. But it took until October 2020 for T-City to finally make a comeback to the Octagon, beating Chan Sung Jung by unanimous decision.
However, in his second fight back from injury, Ortega sustained an orbital fracture following his loss to Alexander Volkanovski and was given another six-month layoff.
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He was left a bloody mess after soaking up 210 significant strikes. After the gruesome fight in 2021, he wrote on Instagram: "Fractured orbital and some bruised ribs. Once this orbital heals, I'll be ready to chuck 'em again!! I meant what I said. I love you guys!"
And in his post-fight interview following the loss by unanimous decision, Ortega said: "No matter what, I'm always here to put a show on for you guys. And it's time to go back in there and climb this ladder and get better. And you see it, man. I'm evolving, evolving.
"And even though we come up short, we're not defined by how we lose. But how we get up and overcome that s**t. And that's the Mexican heart for you."
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