Brian Ortega


Injury Knee
Est. Return 9/1/2020
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.
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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.
Set up for big clash
September 23, 2019
Ortega will fight Chan Sung Jung in a featherweight bout in the main event of UFC Busan on Dec. 21.
Ortega was handed a medical suspension following his loss to Max Holloway at UFC 231, but will make his return to the Octagon against the sixth-ranked featherweight. Ortega was hoping to fight as early as the summer, but it makes sense for this fight to headline the event in Jung's home country. The fight will be in Korea, so the scale certainly tips in the Korean Zombie's favor on the surface. This will be a monster step for Ortega, as he is looking for another chance at the featherweight belt that he was unable to secure when challenging Holloway. A win would certainly get him back on the right track.
Targeting summer return
May 27, 2019
Ortega (nose) has been cleared of any injury and is hopeful to make his return in the summer of 2019, Jesse Holland of SB Nation reports.
Rumors have been rampant that Ortega will meet one of the top featherweight prospects, Zabit Magomedsharipov, at UFC 240 on July 27, but the promotion has yet to make this matchup official. Ortega had initially been hopeful for an immediate rematch against champion Max Holloway, but considering he was outlanded 290 to 110 in that matchup, it's difficult to make a case for that fight. Instead, Holloway will defend his title against Frankie Edgar in the UFC 240 headliner, while streaking featherweight Alexander Volkanovski likely has the next strongest claim for a shot at Holloway. Ortega would likely need to win in style in the proposed matchup against Zabit, the No. 6-ranked featherweight, to get himself back in that conversation.
Handed medical suspension
December 10, 2018
Ortega (nose, thumb) was slapped with an 180-day medical suspension following his fight with Max Holloway on Saturday, reports.
As expected, Ortega will be forced to seek clearance by a physician or refrain from competing for the next six months of competition after getting defeated by Holloway via TKO (doctor's stoppage) in Toronto. He wound up taking over 300 strikes from Holloway, which broke the all-time record within the promotion in a single bout. Ortega will take some time off to rest and recover after suffering a broken nose and broken thumb during the fight,