Brian Ortega marked his return to the octagon after almost two years with a dazzling unanimous-decision victory against “The Korean Zombie” Jung Chan-sung in Abu Dhabi on Sunday – and in the process set up a shot at the featherweight title.
Ortega, who hadn’t competed since suffering the only loss of his career, in December 2018, dominated the dangerous South Korean in the main event at UFC Fight Night at Flash Forum.
Having dropped Jung in the second round with a spinning elbow, Ortega eventually took all five rounds, winning 50-45 on each judge’s scorecard.
The Mexican-American is now expected to next face featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski.
"We're gonna find out if I'm ready. In this game, you take chances, you don't grow in the comfort zone," said Ortega after the victory. "Alexander Volkanovski, you're the champ, the thought of fighting you is exciting. We're ready."
The latest UFC Fight Night represented the penultimate event on the five-show “Return to Fight Island”, the UFC’s second residency in Abu Dhabi.