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Should Brian Ortega move to lightweight?

So after watching "T-city" come short in both brutal featherweight title fights (vs Max Holloway ufc 231, then most recently vs Alexander Volkanovski ufc 266),assuming the title stays in the hands of either max or Alex, will we see the currently ranked no.2 make a move into the stacked lightweight division? Dustin and oliveira have both had success since moving from featherweight to lightweight, I personally don't see why ortega couldn't find success in this division, he stands at 5ft 9inches tall which is equivalent to Dustin and only 1 inch shorter, than the champ himself (Oilveira), although reach isn't on ortega's side, I don't think he would look small in this division, I also think there are some fun fights for him in this shark tank of a division, it certinaly makes for a interesting conversation, let me know what you fellow fans think?

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lee • Edited on

Any idea what his weight cut has been like in the past?

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Louis Author

He's always made weight, but I know of recent memory, him vs Korean zombie, he had to get rid of his long hair to help him get lower on the scales, so I'm guessing that particular weight cut was a tough one.

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lee

Not good if you gotta cut your hair to make weight..

Love Ortega, his JJ skillz are of the charts.

I think hed struggle, I think similar to Max, I am not sure he would carry the weight so well

Do you still think he has another shot against Holloway or Volkanovski?

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Louis Author

Definitely not bud. Yeah you and me both, I rate him so highly but unfortunately for him he's got 2 monsters in Volkanovski and Holloway infront of him and I don't see that changing any time soon. I think he could be a real problem, we've seen in lightweight division it seems to be the common factor of , if you have a great submission game you'll do well ( benil, Islam, Charles), he can also Definitely eat shots so I don't expect the move up with cause his chin too much problems. Like colby with usman now, I find it hard to see how he can get a shot anytime soon.

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lee

Agree mate, Ortega is marketing gold for the UFC, shame he has two assassins at the top that ain't going anywhere soon. Yeah I get what you mean with Charles Oliveira being at the top in the LW division, which I never expected. Maybe there is a chance with him!

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Anir Bularee

Ortega could T City any mother fucker at lightweight. Could he do a 5 round mix with stand up though? Not so sure, seen him in too many wars recently.

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Louis Author

Agreed as we've seen with many fighters, these fights are awesome to see, but it's seriously takes its toll later on in your career.

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lee

Just seen that the trilogy is on Volkanovski vs Holloway 3 at UFC 272 .

Ortegas outing against Volkanovski makes seem way more interesting

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Louis Author

I'm going with volk again, style's makes fights, I said it before their first fight I just think volk has Holloways number, but will be a good fight either way

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lee

Yeah feel the same, I really cant see what max can do differently other than more output and volk seems to relish in it

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Yeah I dont want to see him go through one of those again, what choice does he have tho? Lightweight and Welterweight all have murderers row at the top 仄儭

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Jenny

Anyone thinking Ortega should go down to bantamweight?

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lee

Tcity struggles hard enough to make Featherweight See your point tho, if he got that weight cut right, hed clean up the division