Max Holloway to defend title vs. Brian Ortega at UFC 226

UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway. (Jose Juarez/AP)

UFC 226 is shaping up to be a doozy of a card and a second title fight has been added as featherweight champion Max Holloway will aim to defend his title against Brian Ortega.

UFC president Dana White confirmed the booking to ESPN following an initial report from MMAJunkie.

Holloway (19–3) was scheduled to take on Frankie Edgar at UFC 222 in March but was forced to withdraw due to an ankle injury. Ortega (14-0 with one no-contest) replaced Holloway and picked up a first-round knockout win over Edgar to become the 145-pound division’s new top contender.

Holloway was also scheduled to face Khabib Nurmagomedov on short notice earlier this month at UFC 223 in Brooklyn, however the New York State Athletic Commission prevented Holloway from completing his weight cut citing health concerns and he was removed from the card one day prior to the event.

UFC 226 takes place July 7 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and is headlined by a heavyweight title fight between Stipe Miocic and current light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.

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