Alexander Volkanovski vs Brian Ortega, The Final Fighter, learn how to watch, struggle date

Seems, when you stick two guys who’re booked to struggle in the identical home, and drive them to have interaction with each other on daily basis for an prolonged time period, issues are going to show bitter.

“It was most likely by no means going to finish nicely,” Alexander Volkanovski surmised from his Sydney resort, after getting back from Las Vegas, the place he performed coach on The Final Fighter’s return to TV.

Volkanovski, the UFC’s featherweight champion, and Brian Ortega led rival groups on the present, with the 2 coaches set to struggle later this 12 months for the Australian’s 145-pound belt.

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And whereas each guys, within the lead-up, appeared pleasant sufficient, Volkanovski admits there’s not an entire lot of affection misplaced between the pair now that filming has wrapped up for the present that can air on ESPN from June 2 in Australia.

“It positively has modified,” he advised “I suppose that’s going to at all times occur.”

Volkanovski stated Ortega was “utterly completely different” to what he had imagined; the soft-spoken American we usually see in public truly “stuffed with himself”.

“Most likely me,” Volkanovski admitted when requested who actually ‘began’ the meat. “But it surely was due to issues he was doing, and issues we had been listening to.

“ … He would have silly little feedback, the place I’m identical to, ‘you f***ing piece of shit.’”

Volkanovski was initially scheduled to face Ortega in March earlier than contracting COVID-19 within the US the week earlier than his struggle. And whereas there’s nonetheless no date for his second title defence, the now-spicy 145-pound affair is slated for September.

The virus knocked Volkanovski off his toes and off schedule, however opened the door to a possibility he couldn’t cross up as he made the “robust” determination to remain abroad, away from his younger household.

The 32-year-old stated he took his position as coach “very severely”, whereas additionally having the ability to concentrate on himself in a approach that simply isn’t doable at dwelling.

“It was a time once we may actually, actually get into element with the whole lot,” he stated.

“I assumed I knew loads, however the understanding that I’ve of … myself and sure areas of preventing has positively levelled up.”

And Whereas he couldn’t reveal an excessive amount of forward of the present’s launch, Volkanovski did counsel {that a} “triggered” Ortega uncovered himself to extra thoughts video games shifting ahead.

“Issues that will occur would eat at him,” Volkanovski stated. “Actually eat at him. Very simply triggered.

“That’s one thing I can possibly take out of this complete expertise. Possibly figuring out that he’s so simply triggered, does that come into play within the lead-up to the struggle? We’ll see.”

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