Brian Ortega

Brian Ortega: This game is who can move the needle

Brian Ortega has had a very busy calendar year. Four fights (all victories) in 12 months doesn’t allow much downtime for the number one featherweight contender. Ahead of his UFC 226 co-main event Ortega reflected a bit about his career outside of the octagon during today’s UFC 226 media call.

“It’s sacrifice,” Ortega stated.

“I feel like I don’t have a life. I sacrifice a lot of time … time away from family. It feels like I’m always training and always working,” he continued.

The 27-year old out of Los Angeles has catapulted his way up the division with wins over Cub Swanson, Clay Guida and Frankie Edgar. It could be argued that this title fight could be the biggest in the division since Conor McGregor vs. Jose Aldo. But for someone who prefers to be behind-the-scenes, how does such a platform hit him?

“The belt is a selfish goal of mine,” said Ortega.

“When you’re at the top of the limelight, you have more eyes on you, and I can share my message and make the world a better place,” Ortega finished.

Ortega, of course, is referring to his charity, the Brian Ortega Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring others to be the change they hope to see in this world. Following the fight with Holloway, Ortega looks to spend some more time with his organization, family and friends.

Ortega will face featherweight champion Max Holloway at UFC 226 during International Fight Week Saturday, July 7 at the T-Mobile Arena.