The fight between Brian Ortega and Chan Sung Jung has been brewing for more than a year now and both men can’t wait to be their hands on each other.
Both men will meet at the main event on Oct. 17 for the No. 1 contender spot. The fight was originally scheduled for December 2019 in North Korea.
The animosity has been building up for the fight after a confrontation between Ortega and Jun’s manager Korean Rapper Jay Park occurred back in March at UFC 248.
Ortega was not pleased with some of the comments Park made, which included accusations of Ortega ducking Jung. When Ortega saw Park at UFC 248 he confronted him and slapped him in the face. Ortega was escorted out of the arena by security and sparked the rivalry.
Even after the incident, Ortega insists it’s not too personal for him.
“(It’s) not personal at all,” Ortega told reporters. “I handled my moment, I did what I did, and that was it. I don’t think about it too much. I don’t think about it on the daily. It doesn’t bother me.
I don’t look at that as bad blood or anything. Like Logan Paul said, even after I did my incident, I walked past him and I was very calm. But man: Talk (expletive), get hit. That’s where I come from. The Diaz brothers are not the only ones from a city where if you’re acting a certain way, you get slapped. As much as you grow up and try to learn things and do better, sometimes it comes out – and it came out.
“It’s not too personal. It’s basically semi-personal. Usually, you sign a contract and you fight someone and you understand that that’s your opponent and you have respect for them. But me and him lost respect for each other, and now I guess if you want to call it personal, it’s personal. But it’s more of someone I don’t like that I want to hit in the face that I get to without going to jail.”
Ortega is expecting fireworks when he meets Jung.
“A slugfest basically,” Ortega said. “Me and him kind of already have our thing where we want to hit each other in the face. So honestly, I just see a slugfest and some technical work. But yeah – we kind of don’t like each other.”
There are several options for the winner of this fight but for Ortega, the fight with “The Korean Zombie” will determine the next title contender.
“From what I’ve heard, and I’ve posted on my social media and Dana White’s said it himself – he said the winner of this fight gets the shot to fight for the belt,” Ortega said. “I don’t make the rules. I don’t do nothing – it came straight from the horse’s mouth. I’ve never heard him talk about anybody else having a title shot after their fight. I heard it from this fight.”