Brian Ortega’s coach Rener Gracie has apologised to Korean Zombie for supporting his fighter’s action.
Former UFC featherweight title challenger Brian Ortega and Korean rapper Jay Park were involved in a physical altercation at UFC 248. Ortega allegedly slapped Jay Park during Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s octagon walkout.
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.
Rener Gracie apologises to Korean Zombie
Korean Zombie took a dig at Rener Gracie for supporting Brian Ortega’s action.
“Slapping a translator makes you a bully. Slapping an instigator makes you BULLYPROOF,” Gracie had earlier written on Instagram.
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@renergracie I cannot believe you wrote this! Jay Park never asked me to write anything and get myself involved in this situation. How is it even acceptable that a 2nd place ranked fighter resorted to using violence towards a civilian? I have been practicing my Jiu Jitsu while watching your YouTube videos. I even attended your seminar when you were in Korea. I am just ashamed and embarrassed. I also want to address that I am upset at ‘Gracie Jiu Jitsu’ as much as that moment when Ortega slapped Jay Park. Is it okay for someone to solve a problem physically before attempting to fix it verbally? Do you guys tell your students that it’s okay to do that at Gracie Jiu Jitsu? I truly thought that you would scold Ortega for his childish behavior because he should have never hit a civilian. I am deeply disappointed in you. #zombieapocalypse
Following this post from Gracie, Korean Zombie went off at the jiu-jitsu maestro. Now Gracie has also formally apologised for his comments supporting Ortega.
“To @KoreanZombieMMA, I took Brian under my wing at 13 years old, and since then he’s become of one of my best friends. He’s one of the most loyal and talented people I’ve ever met, but sometimes his emotions get the best of him. On Saturday night, his emotions got the best of him, and as his older brother, I will make sure he learns from this. Furthermore, when I made a comment on Brian’s post, it was clear that I took some of the trash talking directed at him personally, and my emotions got the best of me as well.
The sequence of events is an unfortunate reminder that MMA is an entertainment sport, and regardless of what trash talking takes place outside of the ring, any and all fighting or physicality should only take place between the fighters and should always take place in the octagon.
I too remember when you attended my seminar in Korea over three years ago. It was one of the highlights of my Asia tour. You were humble, respectful, and very technical. To this day, the training session I had with you remains one of my all-time favorites.
I apologize for my comment, and I’m sorry your friend Jay Park had to experience the events that unfolded.
Rener G.,” Gracie wrote on Instagram.