Israel Adesanya honors Charlie Ontiveros: 

“Takes fight on 3 days notice. Moves up to middleweight.

I’m glad he’s well and ok. Charlie Ontiveros lads.”

UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya has taken to his official societal media account to commend Charlie Ontiveros for carrying a short-notice struggle against Kevin Holland at UFC Vegas 12.

Israel Adesanya was in attendance for the UFC Vegas 12 battle card and witnessed Middleweight rival Kevin Holland compete against UFC newcomer Charlie Ontiveros.

Israel Adesanya lauded Ontiveros not just for accepting the struggle on just three days notice, but also for moving up a weight class to compete at the fight.

An array of unexpected events led to Kevin Holland vs. Charlie Ontiveros

The bout between UFC Middleweight contender Kevin Holland and promotional newcomer Charlie Ontiveros featured two fighters who’d accepted the offer to compete at UFC Vegas 12 on short notice.

Holland vs. Ontiveros functioned as the second largest on the most important card part of UFC Vegas 12 (UFC Fight Night: Hall vs. Silva) on October 31st, 2020. Nevertheless, this Middleweight fight was initially supposed to feature Krzysztof Jotko and Makhmud Muradov. Jotko and Muradov have been also scheduled to fight at UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. The Korean Zombie on October 18th, 2020. On the other hand, the bout was subsequently scrapped from this card and proceeded to UFC Vegas 12.

Ahead of his clash against Muradov in UFC Vegas 12, Jotko withdrew owing to a toe injury and has been replaced by Kevin Holland. Additionally, Muradov tested positive for COVID-19 during the battle week and was forced to withdraw from the fight, leaving Holland without an opponent.

It was then that the UFC accorded Charlie Ontiveros the opportunity to face Holland. Ontiveros generally competes at Welterweight but consented to move until the Middleweight division in order to face Holland on three days’ notice.

The fight was deemed as a high-risk one for Ontiveros, particularly considering the fact that he’d accepted it on three days’ notice and had been moving up a weight class to compete against a proven UFC competitor like Kevin Holland.

Holland ended up dominating Ontiveros, securing a takedown and landing ground strikes, until Ontiveros managed to briefly return to his feet. The end arrived at 2:39 of around one when Holland slammed Ontiveros into the mat, causing him to submit after he apparently suffered a neck injury.

The UFC medical employees present in the arena immediately tended to Ontiveros, who was down to the mat for quite some time and carried him out on a stretcher. UFC President Dana White later revealed that Ontiveros was receiving medical treatment and mercifully still had a feeling in all of his extremities.