Former title challenger Brian Ortega allegedly slapped Korean rapper Jay Park at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Jay Park was present for UFC 248 card alongside his friend The Korean Zombie.
The entire reason behind this altercation was because of the translation Jay Park did for Korean Zombie last month. Jay Park was the translator for Korean Zombie when the UFC featherweight appeared on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show.
At the show, Park claimed that TKZ doesn’t want to fight Ortega because he had already ducked him one time before.
“So he said, it doesn’t matter, [Max] Holloway, [Alex] Volkanovski, or [Brian] Ortega, but Ortega already ducked him one time. So he doesn’t need to fight a fighter that’s ducking him already.” Park translated for Korean Zombie.
Brian Ortega apologizes to Jay Park
Following the incident, Brian Ortega explained his side of the story on social media. Ortega has now since deleted the post.
“When I finally made it to Korea for the press conference, TKZ 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’.” Brian Ortega wrote.
Now, Ortega has formally apologized for slapping Jay Park.
I want to officially apologize to JPark for Saturday night, when Zombie is ready we can fight.
— Brian Ortega (@BrianTcity) March 11, 2020
”I want to officially apologize to JPark for Saturday night, when Zombie is ready we can fight,” Brian Ortega wrote.
Korean Zombie’s manager Jason House said on Saturday night that a police report has been filed following the slapping incident.
“Both teams were contacted prior to last night’s event and were asked by the UFC to be respectful and to not have any confrontations,” House wrote. “Our team respected the UFC’s request and maintained our professionalism throughout the night. Police reports were filed immediately after the incident occurred and now it’s a matter for law enforcement officials to handle. Korean Zombie has always been a class act and will continue to be. Our objective remains the same; to put ourselves in the best position both inside and outside the cage to become the featherweight champion this year.”
Jay Park was asked if he was going to sue Brian Ortega and he replied that he doesn’t sue people who have less than him.
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