Brian Ortega


Gets title fight at UFC 260
January 18, 2021
Ortega (15-1-0, 1 NC) is scheduled to face Alexander Volkanovski (22-1-0) in a fight for the featherweight title March 27 at UFC 260, Ariel Helwani of reports. reports.
Ortega will get the next crack at taking the belt from Volkanovski after the 32-year-old Australian successfully defended his title at UFC 251 in July in Abu Dhabi. It's the second title shot for Ortega, who previously lost to then-featherweight champion Max Holloway in December 2018. Ortega was able to secure the opportunity to challenge Volkanovski after he defeated Chan Sung Jung via unanimous decision in his last trip to the Octagon in October.
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Looks like new man in dominant win
October 17, 2020
Ortega defeated Chan Sung Jung via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45. 40-45) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
A combination of factors kept Ortega away from the Octagon for nearly two years after his stoppage loss to Max Holloway, but "T-City" showed Saturday that he spent the time well, as the juijitsu fighter not only stood with "Zombie" for five rounds, he got the better of him for most of the fight. It was a virtuoso performance from the 29-year-old, who used a crisp jab and mixed in takedown threats and feints to make his striking crisp. Just when it looked like "Zombie" was about to take control in Round 2, Ortega unleashed a spinning elbow that knocked him back on his heels. This made him hesitant for the remainder of the bout, allowing Ortega to use all the new tools at his disposal. It wasn't just the offensive accumen that deserves praise: Ortega was shoulder rolling and using head movement to evade most of the big shots of Jung, too. The fact that someone with the juijitsu prowess of Ortega looks this put together as a kickboxer in such a short space of time is incredible, and one can't help but wonder how he'll look as this retooled version of himself against the top of the division. Ortega improves to 15-1 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.
Korean Zombie up in October
August 18, 2020
Ortega (knee) and Chan Sung Jung (eye) are expected to headline in a featherweight bout at the unspecified UFC event Oct. 17, Damon Martin of reports.
The pair were originally slated to match up last December, but Ortega withdrew due to a partially torn ACL. Jung's eye surgery in February and the travel restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic prevented a rescheduling over the summer. Ortega is still looking for a rebound performance from his loss to Max Holloway in the featherweight championship in late 2018. "The Korean Zombie" made quick work of Ortega's replacement, Frankie Edgar, putting him down via TKO (punches) at 3:18 of Round 1 in December.
New matchup with Korean Zombie
May 27, 2020
Dana White said Wednesday that Ortega (knee) will be booked for a featherweight bout against Chan Sung Jung, Phil Murphy of ESPN reports.
White also indicated the winner of that bout will face the winner from the Featherweight Championship rematch between Max Holloway and Alexander Volkanovski. Neither fight has an officially announced date, though it stands to reason they'll take place sometime this summer. Ortega and Jung were previously lined up to fight at Busan, South Korea in December, but Ortega was forced to withdraw due to a partially-torn ACL. "The Korean Zombie" went on to take out Ortega's replacement, Frankie Edgar, via TKO (punches) at 3:18 of Round 1.
Details ACL injury
December 5, 2019
Ortega disclosed via his personal Twitter account that he has suffered a partially-torn ACL and expects to miss 2-3 months.
Oretega's withdrawal from a scheduled matchup against The Korean Zombie on Dec. 21 was announced late Wednesday night, but the exact injury he suffered was left unspecified at the time. He's since gone to Twitter to provide additional details, informing fans that he would be at risk of a full tear and a one-year absence had he pushed through the injury and followed through with the fight. He's now expected to miss a matter of months, as opposed to a matter of years. Meanwhile, the UFC will explore replacement options for The Korean Zombie, one of which is apparently Frankie Edgar.
Out for UFC Busan
December 4, 2019
Ortega won't face Chan Sung Jung in a featherweight bout for the main event at UFC Busan on Dec. 21 due to an unspecified injury, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
Ortega had a medical suspension due to a broken nose and broken thumb following his loss to Max Holloway at UFC 231 in December 2018, but it's unclear if his current injury is related. The main event for Busan now hangs in limbo, as there's less than three weeks to potentially find a replacement fighter. Ortega will end up finishing 2019 without participating in a bout and is expected to be sidelined for 2-to-3 months, per Helwani.