ABU DHABI — When Brian Ortega showed up to the UFC on ESPN+ 38 weigh-ins without having his patented luscious locks, the MMA world went into a frenzy.
Speculation arose Ortega was possibly having problems with his lower down to featherweight for his headliner in opposition to Chan Sung Jung on Saturday, but Ortega was the very first a single to the scale and effectively manufactured 146 pounds.
It was afterwards disclosed by ESPN that Ortega (14-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) shaved his head for a good bring about, where he options on donating his hair to the Locks of Appreciate charity for kids going through chemotherapy.
Speaking to UFC Arabia, Ortega claimed that his weight lower went effortlessly and the program was constantly to reduce his hair, just not all of it in the beginning. Ortega launched his own basis, The Brian Ortega Foundation, a few several years back and has usually had an fascination in performing with youngsters.
“We have a digicam and we documented the whole fat minimize, exhibiting how sleek it was likely and anything, so people on the internet just like to say adverse issues suitable off the bat,” Ortega reported. “I was by now gonna minimize my hair right after this fight. I was gonna have it a minor bit slicked back not shaved, but when I was reducing pounds, I was conversing to them, I was like listen, there’s people today out there who are suffering daily versus just one particular working day appropriate now.
“For me, body weight slash, we go through just one or two times then we’re good and we’re back to usual. There is individuals out there who have to drop their hair not by preference and to go by a whole lot of items and to me young ones, obviously I love little ones so I’m donating my hair to the little ones who will need it.”
UFC on ESPN+ 38 requires location Saturday at Flash Forum at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The card streams on ESPN+.