On a night where UFC 252 should be taking center stage, there has been a little bit of news. Per multiple outlets and first reported by Melenio, Brian “T-City” Ortega (14-1, 1 NC) will be taking on “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung (16-5) on October 17th.
BREAKING: Brian Ortega Vs. Korean Zombie targeted for Oct. 17th main event https://t.co/7ZsWR492aq
— Carlos Contreras Legaspi ? (@CCLegaspi) August 15, 2020
UFC title eliminator?
This is one of the more anticipated matchups in the UFC‘s featherweight division. These two men do not like each other, and these two men are two of the best in the world.
The two men have been going back and forth for some time. Their feud seemed to reach a boiling point at UFC 248 when Ortega slapped a close friend of Jung’s, Jay Park.
Ortega hasn’t fought in the UFC since his loss to Max Holloway back in December of 2018. Injuries have prevent Ortega from getting back in the Octagon. However, prior to the Holloway loss, Ortega was on fire.
T-City had ran through all competition he had faced in the UFC‘s featherweight division. His notable wins included a knockout over Frankie Edgar and a nasty standing guillotine against Cub Swanson.
The Korean Zombie has fought four times since he returned to action following his stint in the military. Jung has gone 3-1 with all three of his wins coming by first round knockout.
We last saw Jung in December when he starched Frankie Edgar in the first round. That fight was supposed to be headlined by Jung and Ortega, but an Ortega injury forced him off of the card.
A win for either one of these guys will likely make them next for whoever is the champion. Zabit Magomedsharipov is likely the next contender to get a shot at Alexander Volkanovski.
Magomedsharipov was supposed to fight Yair Rodriguez at the end of this month, but Rodriguez suffered an injury cancelling the fight. Now, Magomedsharipov might be getting a title shot unless the UFC tries to pair him against Max Holloway.
There is a lot of fluidity in the featherweight division at the moment. There is a lot of unknowns, but what we do know is that this fight should be an absolute banger!