Over the weekend, Brian Ortega assaulted pop musician and Chan Sung Jung manager Jay Park, slapping him in the crowd at UFC 248. In the aftermath of the incident, it was revealed that Ortega took umbrage with comments Park translated for Jung, wherein he said that Ortega had “ducked” ‘The Korean Zombie’ when he was forced out of their planned fight at UFC Busan due to an ACL injury.
Since then, Ortega has gone through a few iterations of apologizing, first with a post on Instagram apologizing for slapping Park in his roles as translator and “K-pop star,” but pointedly refusing to apologize for slapping Park “the instigator” of the beef between himself and Zombie. Ortega went on to delete that post and instead, put up a much shorter and less caveated apology, stating plainly that he apologized for his actions and would accept a fight with Korean Zombie whenever Jung was ready. Now, Ortega has seemingly completed his journey.
On Wednesday, Ortega released a full statement on what transpired over the weekend, apologizing for his actions and for trying to justify them, and blaming his pride for everything that has happened.
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My pride is my enemy, and over the last couple days I’ve been battling it. I hope you understand that I’m human and I’m flawed, in more ways than one. In the beginning, I justified my actions based on the series of events that led up to Saturday, but I now realize that what I did was wrong overall. My parents taught me dignity and respect, and I didn’t show that. My coaches have always taught me that martial arts are to empower the weak against the strong. On Saturday, that didn’t happen. _ When I make a mistake, I own the consequences. But in this case the negativity that I’ve caused has spilled over to the people closest to me, and that’s how I know that what I did was truly wrong. I’m sorry to you guys and my family. _ I apologize to @JParkitrighthere for my actions and the shit storm that followed, you deserve to enjoy MMA from outside the octagon just like any other fan. I apologize to @KoreanZombieMMA for dragging your friend into an equation that should start and end with the fighters.
My pride is my enemy, and over the last couple days I’ve been battling it. I hope you understand that I’m human and I’m flawed, in more ways than one. In the beginning, I justified my actions based on the series of events that led up to Saturday, but I now realize that what I did was wrong overall. My parents taught me dignity and respect, and I didn’t show that. My coaches have always taught me that martial arts are to empower the weak against the strong. On Saturday, that didn’t happen.
When I make a mistake, I own the consequences. But in this case the negativity that I’ve caused has spilled over to the people closest to me, and that’s how I know that what I did was truly wrong. I’m sorry to you guys and my family.
I apologize to Jay Park for my actions and the shit storm that followed, you deserve to enjoy MMA from outside the octagon just like any other fan. I apologize to Korean Zombie for dragging your friend into an equation that should start and end with the fighters.
It took awhile, but it appears the beef between Brian Ortega and Chan Sung Jung and Jay Park is finally being put to bed. Now all that’s left to do is watch them fight.
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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.
Sad but seemingly true.
The gods really don’t want @TeamKhabib vs @TonyFergusonXT to happen— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) March 12, 2020
If it Tony vs Khabib gets cancelled because of Coronavirus, that will confirm that this match up is truly cursed and it’ll be time to give up on this dream fight happening.— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) March 11, 2020
Khabib taking shots at DC.
Who’s the greatest Combate athlete of all time?! I rest my case Khabib has spoken @khabib_nurmagomedov @willharrisproductions pic.twitter.com/I4vA131uXZ— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) March 12, 2020
My first time being in a fake fight was a little too real (sorry @MarkWahlberg). Check this clip out and then watch #SpenserConfidential now, only on @Netflix #ad pic.twitter.com/ZPJhlFKnzD— Cowboy Cerrone (@Cowboycerrone) March 11, 2020
A wise man once said, "It don't matter if you win by an inch or a mile. Winning's winning." pic.twitter.com/SGFxNjwpNM— Dan Hangman Hooker (@danthehangman) March 12, 2020
Did DC dirty.
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