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Ortega’s oversized cup was the subject of much curiosity during the five-round fight earlier this month in Abu Dhabi, and he didn’t address – and wasn’t asked – about his equipment after a unanimous decision win.
On Monday, Ortega decided to end all the mystery and explain his side of the story.
“Okay the real story of the Cup I was wearing,” he wrote in an Instagram post. “I was in such a hurry that when I left to Abu Dhabi I accidentally grabbed my little bro’s cup and left mines at home. @ortegaachriss thanks for saving my balls literally.”
It’s not really clear if Ortega, 29, is kidding around, given his brother, Christopher, is 15. Christopher Ortega is himself a talented young martial arts practitioner, though his older brother doesn’t want to see him go into fighting.