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Ortega, Cejudo, Gastelum and Velasquez


The UFC has always been an international promotion, and the Mexican-Americans (Americans with Mexican ancestry) - as in all contact sports - have been present and representing with pride.
Names like Cain Velasquez, Tito Ortiz, Dominick Cruz, Tony Ferguson, Nick Diaz, Nate Diaz, Diego Sanchez, Joseph Benavidez and Ricardo Lamas come to mind.
It was Velasquez, however, whom in modern times achieved the most important triumph so far and brought the Mexican support, running over the momnumental and famous Brock Lesnar to win the heavy weight belt. "We did it," Velasquez said in Spanish to his fans on the night of UFC 121 proudly displaying his "Brown Pride" tattoo.
Today, Brian Ortega, Henry Cejudo and Kelvin Gastelum, carry that Mexican-American flag inside the UFC with pride, and all three will soon seek to make history by becoming champions.
Ortega challenges Max Holloway at UFC 226. Cejudo will have his revenge against the best fighter in history Demetrious Johnson at UFC 227. And Gastelum is shaping up to be Robert Whittaker's next opponent at middleweight.
Fights that promise to be spectacular, because all three, like the names and legends above, are names you want to see fight every time they enter the Octagon. They got to war and leave everything there.
They are also and already examples for new generations like Cynthia Calvillo, Sergio Pettis, Benito Lopez, etc. They will continue to show every time that mixture of blood enters the Octagon, a battle is guaranteed, not a step back, and you have to be in front of the screen.