Brian Ortega Explains Why He Slapped ‘Instigator’ Rapper Jay Park

Brian Ortega

Getty Brian Ortega raises his arms after winning his featherweight bout at UFC 199 at The Forum on June 4, 2016 in Inglewood, California.

Brian “T-City” Ortega has finally broken his silence on the alleged altercation at UFC 248 between the featherweight fighter and a Korean hi-hop artist, Jay Park. On the night of March 9, Ortega posted a tweet with his reasoning for slapping Park, but he deleted the tweet soon after. Here is his a screenshot of the tweet:

Brian Ortega

Ortega’s statement reads, “On May 9, 2018, Jay Park signed Korean Zombie to a management contract under AOMG Entertainment, of which Park is the CEO, and soon after the trash talking began. When I finally made it to Korea for the press conference, KZ approached me with his translator (a real one, not Jay Park) and said, ‘I want to apologize for the trash talking, it was my management that wants to do it to promote the fight.’ I accepted his apology, shook his hand and we had a great press conference. Soon after I tore my knee, and the fight was cancelled.”

It continues, “Four weeks ago, KZ and JP went on Ariel’s show and said I dodged the fight. “Dodging” and “injury” are two separate things, and since I already knew JP was the one writing the script, that’s when I welcomed him to the fight game and warned him to watch his mouth. On Saturday night, I slapped three people [at] the same time. I apologize for slapping the “translator,” and I apologize for slapping the “K-pop star,” but I don’t apologize for slapping the ‘instigator.'”

One day later, on March 10, Ortega posted another tweet:

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Brian Ortega Got Into an Altercation With Jay Park at UFC 248

It was reported on March 7 that T-City slapped Jay Park while they were in the audience watching UFC 248 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Park was with featherweight fighter “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung. It was reported that once The Korean Zombie left to go to the bathroom, Ortega approached Park and proceeded to open-hand slap the hip-hop artist.

After Ortega slapped Park, officials escorted Ortega out of the area.

Here is a video taken after the altercation via TMZ:

Brian Ortega Slap Aftermath Video, 'I Told You I'd Slap You Like a Bitch' | TMZ SportsTMZ Sports has obtained video moments after UFC star Brian Ortega allegedly slapped a Korean man at #UFC248 … and you can hear Ortega say, "I told you I'd slap you like a bitch." SUBSCRIBE — About TMZ Sports: Some of the best stories in sports have been off the field and we’re reporting…2020-03-09T16:08:59.000Z

Here are a few videos of Ortega getting escorted out:

A day after the altercation, the Korean Zombie ruthlessly ripped Ortega in a lengthy post. To read it, click here.

Jay Park also gave his side of the story. He spoke with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani on Monday, March 9. To read what he said, click here.

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