Top-Ranked Fighter Slaps Rapper During UFC 248: Report

Brian Ortega

Getty Brian Ortega climbs the cage after winning his featherweight bout at UFC 199.

On Saturday, March 7, two top featherweight contenders were said to have  gotten into a fight while in attendance for UFC 248. The scuffle was between No. 2 ranked featherweight Brian “T-City” Ortega and No. 4 ranked “Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung.

UFC president Dana White confirmed the altercation during the UFC 248 post-fight press conference.

He said, “There was a lot of crazy s**t going on tonight, it was weird. [Ortega] and the [Korean] Zombie got into a fight, which is completely unlike both of their personalities. Zombie doesn’t even speak English, so I don’t know what the hell he could have said that could get Ortega to start going crazy. It was weird.”

MMA Junkie’s John Morgan asked White if punches were thrown, and White responded, “I guess so.” The UFC president verified that it happened in the fighter section of Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.

When asked if there would be any legal consequences, White shook his head and said, “I don’t want anyone getting arrested.”

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It’s Been Reported That Ortega Slapped Korean Rapper Jay Park

According the MMA Junkie’s eye witness, T-City had an issue with a Korean rapper named Jay Park. He was in attendance with the Korean Zombie at UFC 248. MMA Junkie has reported that Jung was in the washroom at the time of the incident.

The beef between Ortega and Park started when Park acted as a translator for Jung during Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show in February. During the interview, the Korean Zombie said that Ortega ducked him. The two featherweights were supposed to fight at UFC Fight Night 165: Busan, but T-City pulled out due to injury.

Here is the clip of Park translating:

Ortega took to Instagram and said “Jay Park welcome to the fight game. Don’t be surprised if I slap the sh*t out of you when I see you.”

MMA Junkie revealed that during Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s walkout, Ortega approached Park and open-hand slapped him. T-City was removed from the area soon after.

Here is a video taken right after the incident 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 videos of Brian Ortega getting escorted out by officials:

ESPN’s Ariel Helwanin confirmed the altercation as well.

Helwani’s tweets read, “Korean music artist Jay Park, who served as Chan Sung Jung’s translator during his recent appearance on the show, was slapped by Brian Ortega during tonight’s event, Park tells me. A scuffle ensued and then broken up. Ortega took issue with Park’s translation on the show. Park told me Ortega went up to him while Korean Zombie went to the bathroom and asked if he was Jay Park. Park said yes and, according to Park, Ortega slapped open palm slapped him.”

March 10 Update:

Since the altercation on March 7 at UFC 248, there have been reactions from the third individuals involved.

The Korean Zombie lambasted Ortega for the incident, click here to read.

Jay Park was interviewed by ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, click here to read his side of the story.

Brian Ortega revealed his perspective on the situation, click here to read.

READ NEXT: Korean Zombie Explodes at Brian Ortega for Slapping Rapper Jay Park [LOOK]

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