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Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega Fight Announced for UFC 231

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistOctober 3, 2018

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 03:  Brian Ortega celebrates his victory over Frankie Edgar following their featherweight bout during UFC 222 at T-Mobile Arena on March 3, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ortega won by TKO.  (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)
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Fighting fans, mark your calendars: Max Holloway and Brian Ortega will square off at UFC 231 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Dec. 8.

Both Holloway and Ortega took to Twitter to announce the showdown:

Max Holloway @BlessedMMA

Runnin’ through the 6 with my woes #blessedera #ufc231 https://t.co/VxzrldEJwY

Brian Ortega @BrianTcity

Canada here we come!! https://t.co/xo3ncjj5dT

The UFC also confirmed the world featherweight title bout:

UFC @ufc

TITLE ON THE LINE! 🏆 @BlessedMMA defends against @BrianTCity at #UFC231! 🇨🇦 https://t.co/nJqvGRCpzO

The Claudia Gadelha-Nina Ansaroff fight and the Devin Clark-Aleksandar Rakic battle will also be featured on the UFC main card.

For Holloway (19-3-0), it will mark his first appearance in the Octagon in more than a year. He last fought on Dec. 2, 2017, against Jose Aldo at UFC 218. He has not lost since he faced off against Conor McGregor at UFC Fight Night in August 2013, having won 12 straight fights since.

Ortega (14-0-0), meanwhile, defeated Frankie Edgar at UFC 222 back on March 3. He has two appearances, both victories, since Holloway last fought. The 27-year-old will be putting his undefeated record on the line.

Also of note, Ortega recently told TMZ Sports that he is more than ready to step in for Saturday's UFC 229 should McGregor or Khabib Nurmagomedov pull out:

Regardless, he now has a fight on the schedule.

Holloway is the current featherweight champion, while Ortega is the No. 1 featherweight fighter, per the UFC's official website.

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