Brian Ortega is officially back and he looked better than ever.
After a nearly two-year absence after failing in his latest attempt to become a featherweight champion, Ortega returned on Saturday night for a main event showcase against “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung. What was billed as a grudge match ultimately played out as an unbalanced five-round fight as Ortega flaunted a new level of hitting to beat Jung with the punch in virtually every rally before winning a unanimous decision. .
The final scorecards all read 50-45 with Ortega taking the win.
“It feels good,” Ortega said after raising his hand. “We got to work. Like everyone thought I had taken time. No, I had surgeries, I went back to work.
“I said I needed everything new. I need to be a new guy and get better at MMA. Everything MMA has, wrestling, hitting, so today I tried to do my best to mix everything up and show everyone that I’m back.
There was no ring rust to remove as Ortega returned with a renewed sense of purpose and a whole new arsenal at his disposal as he traded with Jung on his feet without fear of retaliation. Showcasing a long reach, Ortega kept the ever-exciting “Korean Zombie” at the end of his punches and fired a series of overhanging punches, including a left hand that knocked Jung down briefly in the first. round.
Realizing that his output was lower than usual, Jung started to get more aggressive pushing forward while throwing cluster punches. During a trade, Jung tagged Ortega with a powerful uppercut in the middle of a combination that seemed to put the momentum in his favor.
It hastily stopped when Ortega decided to counter with a perfectly synchronized rotating elbow that blew Jung up in the jaw and sent him crashing into the canvas. Ortega quickly followed in search of the finish, but “The Korean Zombie” managed to fend off the attacks until the end of the round.
Although he has shown an incredible fight in the past, Ortega has obviously worked hard on his strike during the two years he spent away from home after falling to Max Holloway in 2018. Ortega has shown so much diversity on the feet, scratching Jung with punches and kicks while mixing in over those devastating elbows.
With five minutes remaining, Ortega was still feeding Jung a steady diet of direct jabs, then finishing his combinations with powerful punches. Knowing that “The Korean Zombie” needed a finish, Ortega stayed clear of heavy snow showers while putting on a technical masterpiece for 25 minutes.
There was no doubt that Ortega had won the fight when the final horn sounded, but it’s hard to imagine anyone predicting such a one-sided affair.
With the win, Ortega will now look to capitalize on UFC President Dana White’s pre-fight promise that the main event winner of UFC Fight Island 6 would qualify for the weight title. feathers.
“We’ll find out if I’m ready,” Ortega said of a second UFC gold shot. “In this game, you take risks. You don’t grow up in the comfort zone.
“Alexander Volkanovski, you are the champion. The thought of fighting yourself is an excitement.