Brian Ortega to Fight Chan Sung Jung in UFC Fight Night Event in October

Brian Ortega has lined up his next opponent…

The 29-year-old Mexican American mixed martial artist will fight Chan Sung Jung in a highly anticipated featherweight bout, according to ESPN.

Brian Ortega

The 145-pound contest will headline UFC Fight Night on October 17 at a to-be-determined location.

The fight was originally supposed to take place in December in Jung’s native South Korea, but Ortega was forced to withdraw because of a knee injury. Jung ended up staying on the card and knocking out former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.

Ortega and Jung have gone back and forth on social media seemingly ever since.

Earlier this year, Ortega was involved in a brief public scuffle with one of Jung’s friends, rapper Jay Park, at a UFC event in Las Vegas. Ortega later apologized for the incident. first reported the featherweight fight’s date.

Ortega (14-1) hasn’t fought since he challenged then-champion Max Holloway for the UFC championship in December 2018. Ringside physicians stopped the fight after the fourth round due to damage to Ortega’s face. It was the first loss of the 29-year-old’s professional career.

Jung (16-5) has been on a tear since returning from a four-year absence from the sport to serve in the South Korea military. He is 3-1 since coming back, with first-round knockouts of Dennis BermudezRenato Moicano and Edgar. His only loss came in November 2018 to Yair Rodriguez, in which he was knocked out in the final second of a bout he was leading on the scorecards.

Aldo Retains UFC Featherweight Champion Title

Make that 15-straight for José Aldo

The 26-year-old Brazilian mixed martial artist defeated Frankie Edgar in the main event of UFC 156 over the weekend to retain his featherweight champion title.

Jose Aldo

Aldo used his precise striking and effective leg kicks to counter the constant pressure from the former lightweight champion, winning a unanimous decision for his 15th consecutive victory.

“I’m very happy and I don’t plan to lose my belt any time soon,” said Aldo through a translator after beinh hailed the winner.

Aldo looked solid in the first three rounds, controlling the fight and landing the more significant strikes. Edgar pressed forward in the final two periods, trying to spark a change in momentum, but the Brazilian champion was too elusive.

The judges’ scores were 49-46, 49-46 and 48-47 in favor of Aldo, who improved to 22-1. Edgar fell to 15-4-1.

“It was a very difficult fight,” said Aldo. “Frankie is a very dangerous fighter and I had to take it step by step.”

Aldo remains among the UFC’s top handful of pound-for-pound fighters despite a 13-month absence from the cage caused by a series of injuries. His kicks are among the most vicious in MMA, and his overall agility in the cage can be stunning to opponents and fans alike.

Edgar was trying to become the third UFC fighter to win a title in two different weight classes.

“It was a close fight, I keep finding myself in these positions,” he said. “I’m just going to go home and take some time to think about things.”