The UFC vacation on Fight Island continues Saturday on ESPN+ with “Ortega vs. The Korean Zombie,” a terrific clash of top-five talent in the highly competitive featherweight division. This card features fighters from 10 countries competing in 12 bouts.
Chan Sung Jung -170 vs. Brian Ortega + 150, featherweight (145 pounds), main event
Many UFC fans are aware of Ortega, especially after his devastating finish of Frankie Edgar in March 2018. Nine months later, Ortega faced Max Holloway for the featherweight championship in a fight that displayed Ortega’s tremendous toughness as well his substandard strike defense.
Ortega came from humble beginnings and has scratched from nothing to being the No. 4-ranked fighter in this division. As I assess his fight arsenal, however, I can’t help but feel that he has been somewhat overestimated based on that highlight KO of Edgar as well as some of the peripheral activities with which he has been involved the last several months.
Ortega’s forte is in BJJ, and he’s a savant at its application. But all fights begin on the feet, so the Ortega plan of action calls for taking this bout to the mat. To execute that, he’ll have to overcome his substantial time away from the octagon as well as a very capable opponent.