Including the United States, eight countries were represented at “UFC 231. The fight card featured 13 mixed martial arts bouts, two of which were title bouts.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship held “UFC 231” at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on December 8, 2018. In the main event of the evening, Brian “T-City” Ortega, 27, of Torrance, California, United States challenged reigning UFC Featherweight Champion Max “Blessed” Holloway, 27, of Waianae, Hawaii, United States.
Ortega is of Mexican descent and was born on February 21, 1991 in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California. Both of his parents are from Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.
When Ortega was five years old, his martial arts training began. He was 13 when he started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Rorion Gracie at the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Torrance, California.
The Mexican-American fighter has been competing professionally since 2010. “UFC 231” marked his eighth UFC bout.
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii on December 4, 1991, Holloway is of Native Hawaiian and Samoan descent. He recently appeared in the film “Den of Thieves.”
While studying in Waianae High School, Holloway started his kickboxing training. He currently trains out of Legacy Muay Thai and Gracie Technics Honolulu.
Holloway became the UFC Interim Featherweight Championship title on December 10, 2018 and the undisputed UFC Featherweight Championship title on June 3, 2017.
Yves Lavigne served as the referee of the featherweight championship bout between Holloway and Ortega. The referee put a stop to the contest after 5 minutes in the fourth round.
In the end, Lavigne raised the hand of Holloway, who was declared the winner via technical knockout due to doctor stoppage. It improved the reigning UFC Featherweight Champion’s professional MMA record to 20 wins and 3 losses.
On the other hand, it marked the first loss of Ortega. The Mexican-American fighter now has 14 wins and 1 loss.
“UFC 231” Co-Main Event
In the co-main event of the evening, Valentina “Bullet” Shevchenko, 30, of Lima, Peru and Joanna Jedrzejczyk, 31, of Olsztyn, Poland competed for the vacant UFC Women’s Flyweight Championship title. After five five-minute rounds, the Kyrgyzstani-Peruvian fighter won via unanimous decision.
Austria, Brazil, Canada, England, Iceland, Peru and Poland were also represented at “UFC 231.” Check all the results here.
Here is the post-fight “UFC 231” interview with Holloway: