UFC 266 Preview: Alexander Volkanovski – Brian Ortega

Tomorrow night in the main event of UFC 266, we will see a showdown for the featherweight championship. The undisputed UFC champion Alexander Volkanovski (22-1) is back to defend his title against “T-City” Brian Ortega (15-1, 1 NC).

This fight comes on the heels of the two men coaching opposite each other on this season of The Ultimate Fighter. Originally, they were supposed to fight in March, however, the fight got pushed back after the champion came down with covid.

Alexander Volkanovski lost his fourth professional fight which occurred in 2013. He hasn’t lost since. The champion is a perfect 9-0 in the UFC which includes two victories over Max Holloway. Volkanovski is hoping to add Ortega next to his hit list.

That said, Brian Ortega is not going to be an easy challenge to overcome. T-City looks like a completely different fighter than he was a few of years ago when he got his first crack at the UFC title against Max Holloway.

After nearly a two year layoff due to injuries, Ortega returned last October and outclassed Chan Sung Jung. In that fight he showed tremendous improvement in his striking. He believes he’s now ready to become the UFC featherweight champion.

UFC 266 Prediction

I’m expecting Brian Ortega to start out really strong at UFC 266. To be completely honest with you, I think he’s going to take the champion by surprise throughout the first two rounds on the feet.

Perhaps, maybe even Ortega hurts the champion here or there. However, I think Volkanovski is going to press through it. On pure activity, I really like Volkanovski the longer the fight goes.

The champion has shown the ability to make adjustments on the fly and adapt to whatever his opponent is doing. He did that in his last fight with Max Holloway and I think he’ll do it again tomorrow night.

We are in for a tremendous main event, but I truly believe that the UFC title is going to stay with New Zealand’s City Kickboxing tomorrow night. It’ll be close, but Volkanovski will retain.

Prediction: Alexander Volkanovski by Split Decision

Brian Ortega’s transformation has led him to a UFC title shot

Brian Ortega, UFC

This past Saturday at UFC Fight Island 6, we saw a new and improved Brian Ortega (15-1, 1 NC). Ortega hadn’t fought in nearly two years, and I figured he might be a little rusty. His opponent Chan Sung Jung (16-6) appeared to be the favorite entering Saturday.

Ortega has always been known for his slick skills on the ground. His guillotine chokes are legendary. However, his striking always seemed to be lacking behind. He showed promise in that area especially when he knocked out former UFC champion, Frankie Edgar.

However, most believed that a standup fight would favor the Korean Zombie on Saturday. What we saw at UFC Fight Island 6 was the complete transformation and evolution of T-City. Brian Ortega looked like a world beater on Saturday night.

From the opening bell, Ortega controlled the striking. With leg kicks from the outside and crisp shots down the middle, Ortega never allowed TKZ to get comfortable. When the Zombie charged forward in round two, he was met with a spinning elbow that floored him.

Ortega completely dominated the fight from the opening bell to the closing bell. I figured if the fight remained standing, the Zombie would have a big advantage. However, Ortega proved me and all of his doubters wrong on his way to securing a UFC title shot.

Clarity in the UFC’s featherweight division

The UFC‘s featherweight division has been in a little bit of a limbo state over the last few months. The champion, Alexander Volkanovski, just defeated Max Holloway for the second time back at UFC 251. Holloway had earned an immediate rematch after losing the title in December.

The fight was razor close, however, the judges gave the nod to the current UFC champion. With those two having fought back-to-back, there needed to be a new top contender. The UFC booked two fights that could produce a number one contender.

Due to injuries, the only fight that came to fruition occurred at UFC Fight Island 6. Brian Ortega is the new number one contender in the featherweight division, and he’s going to pose some problems for Alexander Volkanovski with the way he looks now.

Brian Ortega dominates TKZ at UFC Fight Island 6

Brian Ortega, UFC

The UFC hosted their sixth fight night from Fight Island tonight. The night was filled with incredible fights, but everyone was interested in the main event of the evening. Brian Ortega (15-1, 1 NC) was finally set to take on The Korean Zombie, Chan Sung Jung (16-6).

There was some bad blood leading up to their contest at UFC Fight Island 6. Dana White also said earlier this week that the winner of this contest would be the number one contender. The UFC‘s featherweight champion and the world had their eyes on this one.

Both men were very measured as the action got underway. Ortega started the striking off with a few powerful leg kicks. Jung wasn’t able to get in range early on in the UFC Fight Island 6 main event. Ortega looked sensational in the striking with straight shots and leg kicks.

Just before the first round ended, Ortega dropped Jung with a big left hook. A big first round for Brian Ortega. The second round started very similarly to the first. However, Jung really pressed forward and landed some good shots to get the action started in the second.

Ortega tried for a takedown in the first couple of minutes, but Jung defended nicely. Jung looked much more comfortable and confident in the second round. His pressure wasn’t letting Ortega get his striking off. Jung landed a very nice uppercut which got Ortega’s attention late in the second.

With about a minute left in the round, Ortega dropped Jung with a massive spinning elbow. Jung got back up and the two men traded massive shots. Ortega landed a takedown which sealed the second round for Brian Ortega.

All Brian Ortega

As the third round got underway in the UFC Fight Island 6 main event, both men seemed a little tentative. After that spinning elbow in round two, both men took some massive shots. Ortega went back to work with leg kicks and jabs.

The Korean Zombie looked really tentative after he got hurt. Ortega really controlled the third round with solid shots. There was limited action in the third, however, Ortega was able to bank his third round by pulling away on strikes.

In the fourth round, Jung really attempted to turn up the pressure, however, Ortega was still controlling the striking. Ortega shot in for a takedown and in the process he landed a massive right that cut Jung. He followed that up with a massive elbow that staggered Jung.

Ortega was looking ready for another UFC title shot in this one entering the fifth round. Jung started the fifth with pressure sensing that he was done 4-0. However, Ortega’s ability to mix things up really kept throwing the Korean Zombie off.

Ortega continued to snap Jung’s head back with straight left hands. Jung tried to close the distance, but Ortega was just touching him up. Ortega’s jabs, kicks, and straight lefts flustered Jung throughout the fifth. I had it 5-0 for Ortega and the judges gave him the fight (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)

UFC Fight Island 6 Fallout

UFC Fight Island 6 was a massive statement for Brian Ortega. In his first fight in almost two years, Ortega looked absolutely sensational. He didn’t even look like the same fighter that lost in his UFC title shot against Max Holloway.

His striking was crisp and his defense looked great. This version of Brian Ortega is going to be a massive problem for anyone in the UFC‘s featherweight division. That includes the current champion, Alexander Volkanovski. Ortega’s next fight is going to come against Volkanovski.

For the Korean Zombie, this was a crushing defeat. Many people, including myself, thought Jung was going to have the striking to carry him to a decision. However, that just wasn’t the case. Jung is still a top contender, but he was just outclassed tonight.

UFC Fight Island 6 Preview: Will Ortega or Jung become number one contender?

Brian Ortega, UFC

One of the most highly anticipated UFC fights of the fall comes our way tomorrow night. Top featherweight contenders Brian Ortega (14-1, 1 NC) and Chan Sung Jung (16-5) will battle to determine who is the top contender in the UFC‘s featherweight division.

This fight was initially scheduled to take place back in December of 2019. However, due to an injury, Ortega was unable to compete. At that December event, Jung took on Frankie Edgar and knocked Edgar out in the first round of their fight.

These two men have had a ton of bad blood leading up to UFC Fight Island 6. They do not like each other, and there is a ton on the line in this matchup. Featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski has already made it known that he’s got his eyes on this one. 

Not too mention the fact that UFC President Dana White announced that the winner would be the number one contender. This fight has everything you’d want in a main event. There’s a ton on the line, and there’s a lot of bad blood between the two.

UFC Fight Island 6 Prediction

This fight is incredibly fascinating on a number of levels. We haven’t seen Brian Ortega compete inside the UFC since his title loss to Max Holloway back in 2018. Ortega used his all around skills to rise to the status of top contender.

Ortega knocked out Frankie Edgar with strikes, however, it’s his submissions that keep everyone on edge. He possesses arguably the best guillotine choke in the entire UFC. If Ortega grabs your neck, there’s a good chance that you’re not getting it back.

The Korean Zombie has looked sensational since returning from his military stint. He’s 3-1 with three first round knockouts. His one UFC loss came to Yair Rodriguez in a very flukey knockout. Jung was clearly winning the fight, and got caught with a hail mary strike at the buzzer.

Jung has very good striking skills. He’s very quick and he holds a ton of power in his hands. The Korean Zombie is also incredibly strong and will be well prepared for wherever this fight goes. Both men are so talented that it’s tough to pick a winner.

Brian Ortega is such a good pick because of his incredible submission skills. However, I’m not completely sold that he can win the standup fight with Jung. Ortega has really good striking, however, I think his striking won’t best the Zombie over five rounds. Expect a war tomorrow night.

Prediction: Chan Sung Jung by Split Decision

UFC: Brian Ortega – Chan Sung Jung to headline October 17th card

Brian Ortega, UFC

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.

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!