Brian Ortega and The Korean Zombie are one win away from one other shot on the UFC featherweight gold.
UFC president Dana White introduced Wednesday night time on ESPN that the corporate will re-book Ortega vs. Chan Sung Jung in a No. 1 contender bout, and the winner will problem whoever emerges with the title between Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway.
The promotion has but to announce a date and site for each fights.
“Ortega and The Korean Zombie are gonna struggle,” White mentioned. “You know the way I simply went out and mentioned (in regards to the Tony) Ferguson struggle in opposition to (Justin) Gaethje, I mentioned ‘I completely, positively assure you that this struggle shall be nice.’
“That’s the identical factor with Brian Ortega vs. The Korean Zombie, there’s no method this struggle is boring. And the man that comes out of that struggle could be subsequent in line for a title shot.”
Ortega vs. Jung was initially scheduled for Dec. 21 in South Korea, however the California-native was compelled to withdraw because of a knee damage. The Korean Zombie met short-notice substitute Frankie Edgar as a substitute, successful by first-round knockout.
“T-Metropolis” (14-1) hasn’t fought since Dec. 2018, when Holloway gave him his first MMA loss by way of physician stoppage earlier than the fifth spherical. Ortega was on a six-fight successful streak going into his first shot on the belt, together with stoppages over Edgar, Cub Swanson and Renato Moicano.
Jung (16-5) challenged for the 145-pound title in 2013, dropping to Jose Aldo in Brazil. He’s 3-1 since coming back from a protracted break from the game in 2017, incomes all of his wins by first-round knockout in opposition to Dennis Bermudez, Moicano and Edgar.