UFC featherweight fighter Brian Ortega cut off his hair before his fight with Korean Zombie at UFC on ESPN+ 38 main event.
Brian Ortega, arguably the fighter with the best hair in the UFC, has shaved off his locks. When weighing in for his upcoming fight with the Korean Zombie, T-City appeared on the scale, but this time without the long hair which he is so well known for.
The 29-year-old American has gone completely bald and donated his hair to a children’s chemotherapy charity. The featherweight enters the octagon for the first time feeling a lot lighter as he squares up against the ‘Korean Zombie’ without his luscious locks.
The UFC featherweight contender promised to grow back his mane now that his bout with Chan Sung Jung is in the rearview mirror. Ortega (15-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) dominated “The Korean Zombie” in a unanimous decision in the UFC on ESPN+ 38 main event Saturday at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. Ortega outpointed Jung 50-45 on all three judges’ scorecards.
According to Brett Okamoto of ESPN MMA, Ortega shaved his head so he could donate his famous hair to Locks of Love, an organization that makes wigs for children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy treatment for cancer. That was relayed to Okamoto by Ortega’s manager Tiki Ghosn.
Ortega says: “I can’t stay bald, brother”.
“I’m growing my hair back. My hair is growing back,” Ortega said at the UFC on ESPN+ 38 post-fight news conference. “I can’t stay bald, brother.”
“We’re cutting weight and I’ve been waiting to cut my hair for a while – not completely bald, but at least trim a little bit and go back to the slick-back Brian or something,” Ortega said. “I now understand why some of these girls cut their hair off, man. After every round, I have to re-bundle it and put it up and this and that, and showering, and that and – it’s just a frickin’ hassle.
“I do miss my looks with it, I’m not going to lie. My looks, I miss them. But I was cutting weight and I was like, ‘Bro, I feel like (expletive) and there are some people that are going through some things right now.’ I’ve visited countless children’s hospitals and met a lot of kids who are sick with cancer right now. The stories that I saw will always stay with me. Walking in rooms playing tough, making them smile, and then walking out and crying your tears out because you know these stories.
“I was suffering during the weight cut and I haven’t had a weight cut in two years. So while I was suffering, I was like, ‘Man, I have to deal with this for a little bit. Some people don’t have that choice. They have to deal with it every day.’ I was talking about it while cutting weight and I was like, ‘Man, I don’t know how people lose weight and go through all these therapies.’ Maybe I was in my feelings and I got emotional while cutting weight, but I was like, ‘Go get me the clippers right now. Get me the frickin’ clippers right now.’ And they were like, ‘No, relax, Brian. Relax.’ I had to fight my homies. I was like, ‘Get me the (expletive) clippers right now,’ and I just went for it. Just went straight for it. And I was like, ‘We’re going to donate this. That’s it. It’s done.”
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