UFC president Dana White has revealed that Chan Sung Jung and Brian Ortega got into an altercation in the crowd during UFC 248, after Ortega allegedly slapped Jung’s translator Jay Park.
Chan Sung Jung, also known as “The Korean Zombie” or “KZ” was initially scheduled to fight Brian Ortega at UFC Fight Night 165 in December of last year. Ortega was forced to withdraw from the bout due to suffering a knee injury. He was replaced by Frankie Edgar, who Jung stopped via TKO in the 1st-round. The two were in attendance at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for UFC 248.
Now it appears that the two UFC featherweight contenders could not wait to be rebooked for a meeting in the Octagon, instead opting for an altercation in the crowd during the UFC 248 event last weekend. Damon Martin from MMA Fighting reports that UFC president Dana White has said Brian Ortega and Chan Sung Jung got into a fight in the crowd during UFC 248.
“Dana White says Brian Ortega and The Korean Zombie got into a fight in the crowd during #UFC248”
It has now been revealed that that while Jung went to the toilet, Ortega allegedly slapped his friend and translator Jay Park. The Korean Zombie posted a lengthy statement on his official Instagram, detailing the incident and promising to knockout “T-City” and make his face “bloody”.
“Last night, you sat 10 meters away from me and Jay Park. For two hours nothing happened, so I thought everything was fine. But you fucking attacked Jay Park while I went to the bathroom. Jay Park is not a professional fighter but a musician. You slapped a civilian who merely helped translate. Even worse, you were sitting there waiting until I would be absent and attacked Jay Park. It was not a fight like real men would do. What you have done is same as a grown up to beat a child. You should have attacked me. If so, I would have not been upset. You are such a coward for slapping a musician not a fighter.” Jung wrote. “If you f*cking planned this to fight me and to use my name because people don’t remember your name anymore, then I congratulate you, it worked. I will fight you and I will knock you out and your fucking face will be bloody. Now, your fucking face stays in my mind and I will fuck you up in the cage. I hope you won’t run away from me again.”
Ortega last fought in the Octagon in December 2018, losing to Max Holloway in an attempt to capture the UFC featherweight title. Prior to that, Ortega was highly regarded as a top contender at featherweight, sporting and undefeated record and racking up wins over the likes of Frankie Edgar, Cub Swanson, Renato Moicano, Clay Guida, Diego Brandao, Thiago Tavares and others.
Jung is fresh off of two back-to-back 1st-round knockout victories over Renato Moicano and Frankie Edgar. He made his return to the Octagon in 2017, after a lengthy 4-year layoff due to serving in the South Korean army. Since his return, “The Korean Zombie” has put together a record of 3-1 with 3 knockout victories. He has established himself as a top contender in the UFC featherweight division, and a victory over Brian Ortega would most likely put him as the next in line for a title shot at 145lbs.
This article first appeared on CLOSEDGUARDMEDIA.com on 9th March, 2020.