Tipp senior hurling manager Michael Ryan says they need a broader, stronger panel than ever before.It comes as the Premier are facing into a season of back to back games – thanks to an earlier league, and revamped championship format.Tipp face Waterford under lights this evening in Semple Stadium Thurles, following last week’s disappointment against Clare. Tipp manager Michael Ryan says their objective for the league is to broaden the base of players available for selection…Tipp FM’s live coverage of this evening’s Allianz Hurling League 2nd round, comes in association with Sullivan Family Butchers Brooklands, Nenagh.
While Ortega lets the situation with Holloway play out, he has an idea in mind on what he would like to do in the interim.”I have no idea,” Ortega said on what Holloway taking on Poirier means for the featherweight division. “We have to see if he’s willing to come back down and if he does, what is the timeline of him coming back. There are so many questions. It all depends if he comes back down to the division. If he does come back to featherweight then the division really won’t be held up. He’s the guy who has the belt. I feel that’s more of the UFC’s job to figure out what to do in either scenario.”I would like to fight Jose Aldo. I would like to fight him at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. I would love to fight Aldo because if you look at the rankings, we are right next to each other. The rest of the people that are there are people we have beaten already. I feel that we share something in common: We have both lost to Max and are both warriors.” Brian Ortega’s 2018 didn’t end the way he wanted it to when he suffered a fourth-round TKO loss to featherweight champion Max Holloway at UFC 231 in December.During the fight, Ortega suffered a broken nose and a broken hand. The nose is fully healed, but the hand won’t be 100 percent for another six weeks. However, not all is lost for the 28-year-old. MORE: Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThe way Ortega ate hard shot after hard shot and trying to deliver the same type of punishment to Holloway earned “T-City” a new legion of fans including Hollywood actress and superstar Halle Berry, who mentioned last week on Twitter that Ortega was her #ManCrushMonday and would be helping her train in an upcoming movie.”We saw each other at UFC 232 and we took a picture together,” Ortega told Sporting News on how the communication started with Berry. “Then we started talking a little bit and start to establish a friendship and that connection. After we became followers of each other on Instagram, we kept in touch. A little while after that, she reached out saying she found out more about me and saw what I was all about and reached out to want to train with me for her movie. I told her ‘of course and it would be an honor to work with you and help you out for your movie.’ I told her it was an honor for her to say I was her #ManCrushMonday. That was a big victory.” All about this #ManCrushMonday, @BrianTcity – the #1 @UFC ranked featherweight 👊🏾! So grateful he said yes to training with me in preparation for #BruisedTheMovie, and cannot wait to share what we cook up together 🔥 pic.twitter.com/bPNTggc9SM— Halle Berry (@halleberry) February 25, 2019The good news kept pouring in for the 145-pound star, as it was also announced last week that Ortega would be featured in a commercial by Modelo, which is focused around their “Fighting Spirit” campaign starting on March 11. “Last year didn’t end the way I would have liked,” Ortega admits. “Some good did come out of it, as more people started to recognize what I have done in the UFC and that helped me get the 2019 campaign. Now, I can drink some beer and relax watching other fights (laughs).”The fight with Max showed what I was really about and why I’m with Modelo. I showed a ton of heart in the Octagon and showed who I really am. I think that’s what they saw in me in the fact that I will never give up, I will go through hell and back and my fighting spirit will never die. There’s nothing you can do to stop that.”A lot has happened in the featherweight since Ortega fought Holloway. Alexander Volkanovsksi has emerged as a new contender and will battle former kingpin Jose Aldo at UFC 237. Perhaps the biggest news in the division is that Holloway will be heading to lightweight and is set to challenge Dustin Poirier for the interim lightweight title at UFC 236 in April. Hearing the news surprised Ortega because he presumed Holloway would continue defending his title as a 145-pound fighters. The future of division is now cloudy at best.