ABU DHABI – Brian Ortega is finding up ideal where he still left off.
The previous UFC title challenger usually takes on top contender Chan Sung Jung this Saturday in the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 38. The bout marks Ortega’s (14-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) 1st struggle back given that dropping to then champion Max Holloway in a wild brawl in December 2018.
Accidents and the coronavirus pandemic have saved Ortega out of motion for virtually two years. Quite a few hoped the 29-year-outdated would ease his way again into level of competition for his return and not fight the top of the division correct absent.
“T-City” understands the sentiment but claimed he doesn’t require a tuneup.
“This was all about coming back, having a battle which is not quick, simply because when one thing like this transpires it’s like, ‘Oh, allows rebuild him all over again or do a little something.’” Ortega informed reporters, such as MMA Junkie, in a pre-struggle media scrum Wednesday. “And I was like, I do not require rebuilding in the struggle planet. I require rebuilding in the schooling environment, and I obtained my rebuilding in the coaching in the entire world.
“I’m in this activity to fight the very best that’s why I enjoy this (specific). Let us exam your environment against mine. Let’s test your chess pieces from mine. Let us go to war. In the end the supporters get. Everyone wins. Fighters can convey to you: We enjoy battling, we appreciate testing our will, and we get paid out for it. So this is gorgeous.”
Ortega reported he’s improved his placing for his return and is psyched to get back again in the cage. And even though Ortega has added new resources to his arsenal, he expects something and every little thing from the “Korean Zombie” and won’t shy absent from yet another war like lovers witnessed in his past outing against Holloway.
“I will just take whichever I can get,” Ortega spelled out. “If I get a rapid knockout or a swift submission, the name of the video game is gain. Of course, you can explain to I’m emotional, so it could possibly go to a war. I may piss my crew off, but (specific) it.”