Brian Ortega hasn’t fought since a TKO loss to then-UFC featherweight champ Max Holloway. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
Brian Ortega and The Korean Zombie are one win away from another shot at the UFC featherweight gold.
UFC president Dana White announced Wednesday night on ESPN that the company will re-book Ortega vs. Chan Sung Jung in a No. 1 contender bout, and the winner will challenge whoever emerges with the title between Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway.
The promotion has yet to announce a date and location for both fights.
“Ortega and The Korean Zombie are gonna fight,” White said. “You know how I just went out and said (about the Tony) Ferguson fight against (Justin) Gaethje, I said ‘I absolutely, positively guarantee you that this fight will be great.’
“That’s the same thing with Brian Ortega vs. The Korean Zombie, there’s no way this fight is boring. And the guy that comes out of that fight would be next in line for a title shot.”
Ortega vs. Jung was originally scheduled for Dec. 21 in South Korea, but the California-native was forced to withdraw due to a knee injury. The Korean Zombie met short-notice replacement Frankie Edgar instead, winning by first-round knockout.
“T-City” (14-1) hasn’t fought since Dec. 2018, when Holloway gave him his first MMA loss via doctor stoppage before the fifth round. Ortega was on a six-fight winning streak going into his first shot at the belt, including stoppages over Edgar, Cub Swanson and Renato Moicano.
Jung (16-5) challenged for the 145-pound title in 2013, losing to Jose Aldo in Brazil. He’s 3-1 since returning from a long break from the sport in 2017, earning all of his wins by first-round knockout against Dennis Bermudez, Moicano and Edgar.