Chan Sung Jung Updates Condition, Still Hoping to Secure Title Shot Despite Brian Ortega, UFC 248 Incident
By FCF Staff
Although Chan Sung Jung has made it clear he’d love to have a grudge match with Brian Ortega, “The Korean Zombie’s” still hoping to fight for the UFC’s featherweight belt next.
Jung was supposed to fight Ortega last December at UFC Busan, but the latter withdrew due to a knee injury. More recently, Ortega and Jung have been in the news due to an incident involving “T-City” and the Korean star’s translator at UFC 248.
Ortega allegedly slapped Jung’s friend and translator, rapper Jay Park at the event when “The Korean Zombie” was not in his seat. The featherweight had accused Park of deliberately misinterpreting comments Jung made in a previous interview, as a means to create tension between the fighters. Jung, however, has denied that was the case.
Recently Jung’s team posted a video on his YouTube channel, and during it, the featherweight had this to say about his next bout (quotes via MMA Mania).
”I was given the okay by my surgeon to practice sparring in the beginning of May, so I’ll start with that,” Jung said. “And if I feel like my eyes are no longer a problem, I’ll go ahead and start scheduling fights. I’ll have to fight with whoever can fit in my schedule … For MMA fighters, nothing is really set in stone. They might get injured or have conflicting personal schedules. I can’t give you a name of who I am going to fight because nothing is confirmed.”
”Although Ortega is the first person on my list of fighters that I want to fight, if I had the opportunity to fight for the title first, I would prefer to do that instead.”
The 33-year-old Jung (16-5), who recently underwent eye surgery, is coming off a stoppage win over Frankie Edgar in December. Edgar stepped in on short notice for Ortega at UFC Busan.
Currently, it’s believed the UFC is planning to book an immediate rematch between Max Holloway and Alexander Volkanovski. The latter ended Holloway’s reign as the featherweight champ in December by defeating him via unanimous decision.