Alexander Volkanovski denounces ‘drug cheat’ Brian Ortega over 2014 test failure during heated showdown at UFC 266 press conference as featherweight champion insists rival ‘doesn’t deserve to be here’
- Alexander Volkanovski has his war of words with Brian Ortega. stepped up
- The 32-year-old Australian defends his featherweight title in the main event at UFC 266
- Volkanovski bombards ‘unprofessional’ and ‘weak’ 145-pound rival Ortega
- He said Ortega’s failed drug test in 2014 doesn’t earn him the title
Alexander Volkanovski stepped up his battle of words with rival Brian Ortega for their UFC 266 clash when the featherweight champion insisted his “drug fraud” rival didn’t deserve to meet him in Las Vegas.
Ortega, 30, is making his second rollover on the belt at 145 pounds after putting himself in the best position for a shot after losing to former champion Max Holloway in December 2018.
The American has long been among the top featherweight candidates, but Volkanovski believes Ortega’s failed drug test in 2014 for drostanolone use means he doesn’t deserve his place at the top table.
Alexander Volkanovski taunted ‘drug cheat’ Brian Ortega during intense head-to-head
The featherweight contender tested positive for steroid use after his 2014 UFC debut
After exchanging words during the UFC 266 press conference, Volkanovski expressed his feelings during an intense showdown for UFC President Dana White.
‘I’m not afraid of you. We’re going in the cage anyway… Buddy, I didn’t know you were banging, that s*** doesn’t sit well with me, you don’t deserve to be here. You’re a fucking drug cheater, that’s it, done.’
The Australian’s rivalry with the American has intensified in recent months as the pair go head to head in the latest series of The Ultimate Fighter.
The Australian says Ortega’s failed test in 2014 means he doesn’t deserve the title fight
Volkanovski, 32, said Ortega’s lack of “professionalism” during filming struck him, and that his use of performance-enhancing drugs was a sign of “weakness.”
‘To be honest [he is] unprofessional and [there is] weakness,” he said.
‘What upsets me the most is’ [he is] unprofessional, I worked hard all my life, especially in this career, that’s how I got this belt.
“He half did it, coming late for training, you name it, I just see weakness. It was clear that a few years ago he had a weakness for popping, juicing and all that. That annoys me, it’s not professional and that’s not my concern.’