Dubai: A lot of things can happen to you when you are in the sports wilderness. But if you can identify the positive things, as Brian Ortega did, it can only make you stronger.
Ortega (15-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC), who has not fought in nearly two years after suffering a brutal stop loss to Max Holloway at UFC 231 in December 2018, delivers the feat of a lifetime on Fight Island Abu Dhabi on Sunday morning to completely surpass “Korean zombie” Chan Sung Jung (16-6 MMA, 6-3 UFC) and earn a potential chance at flyweight champion Alexander Volkanovski.
The 28-year-old Mexican-American Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner was everywhere in his South Korean opponent for 25 minutes to pull him apart with precision attacks, kicks and just about everything MMA suggests.
In the end, and after landing 129 important strikes of 214 attempts against a confused Chan, he experiences the excitement he was desperately searching for when referee Lukasz Bosacki raised his hand.
There were no fans or friends at the Flash Forum due to the COVID-19 restrictions, but Ortega did not need the applause because he knew he was doing what he came here to lift his spirits after the setback of Holloway and its subsequent consequences. .
“It feels good man,” he told UFC commentator Daniel Cormier. ‘I have one message for everyone who has counted me out … learn to count.
“I was counted out. I understand, you leave the game for two years, you are counted out. I’m here to remind everyone. It felt great to make it happen again because it is important to raise your hand at this level, that is the most important thing.
‘I bet I have a bunch of Korean fans because they just left Korean Zombie and now they’re coming to me, and if I lose, they’re going to the next person. We have short-term memory fans, I think, ”he said.
‘For those of my followers who have stayed with me, I love you and know I appreciate you from the bottom of my heart. For those who act, choose someone, stay loyal, make us feel good about what we do.
“If you take part in this competition, you take chances, you do not grow in the comfort zone,” said Ortega.
Meanwhile, former sprint weight champion Jessica Andrade (21-8 MMA, 12-6 UFC) moved up to flyweight in the co-function to make history with a brutal TKO from Katlyn Chookagian (No. 1) (14-4 MMA, 7 -4 UFC)).
“It’s really good to reach our goals, we’ve been training for fights, so many years, we’ve run so long after this and it’s really good to get in there and get a win,” said the Brazilian Andrade.
“It was really fun. I had a really good fight week. All the luck, very happy when. I fought at 135 and so I felt, so it feels good. The girls are bigger, but I’m strong and I can go in there and compete with them. ”
UFC Fight Island 6
Featherweight: Brian Ortega def. Chan Sung Jung by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
Flyweight for women: Jessica Andrade defeated. Katlyn Chookagian via TKO – Round 1, 4:55
Light Heavyweight: Jimmy Crute def. Modestas Bukauskas via knockout – Round 1, 2:01
Welterweight: James Krause defeated. Claudio Silva by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Bantamweight: Jonathan Martinez defeated. Thomas Almeida by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Lightweight: Guram Kutateladze def. Mateusz Gamrot via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Flyweight: Gillian Robertson defeats Poliana Botelho by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27)
Middleweight: Jun Yong Park def. John Phillips by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-25)
Lightweight: Rates Ziam def. Jamie Mullarkey by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Light Heavyweight: Maxim Grishin def. Gadzhimurad Antigulov via TKO – Round 2, 4:58
Bantamweight: Said Nurmagomedov defeats Mark Striegl by knockout – Round 1, 0:51
Source: Gulf News