UFC star Brian Ortega caused quite a commotion after he got involved with an altercation with Jay Park (박재범) during a recent “UFC 248” event over the weekend.
The global K-pop star was brought on board at the event as the Korean language translator for fellow MMA athlete Jung Chan Sung (정찬성), where he was reportedly slapped by the American mixed martial artiste.
Park told me Ortega went up to him while Korean Zombie went to the bathroom and asked if he was Jay Park. Park said yes and, according to Park, Ortega slapped open palm slapped him.ADVERTISEMENT
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 8, 2020
Brian Ortega getting escorted after trying to start a fight with Zombie pic.twitter.com/21FmOsZB8E
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Word has it that the rivalry sparked following Chan Sung’s past trash talk targeted towards the 29-year-old in an earlier interview. At that time, the “Law Of The Jungle” star was asked about his choice of opponent for the event.
“It doesn’t matter whether if it’s Max Holloway, Alex Volkanovski, or Brian Ortega, but Ortega already ducked him one time. So he doesn’t need to encounter a fighter that already did that,” the “Abandoned” singer was quoted as saying, adding fuel to Brian’s fire.
During the event, Brian approached the former 2PM member and asked him, “Are you Jay Park?” in which Jay responded by saying, “Yes”. He then gave Jay a good slap on the face. He further left a comment online, vowing that he will do that again if he sees Jay again.
The reports were later confirmed by both Jay and Chan Sung’s label AOMG Entertainment. They clarified, “Brian did pick a fight, but security quickly escorted him out, and the situation came under control. Many people were worried, but Jay wasn’t injured, and there are currently no issues with his health.”
Disappointed, the Korean Zombie also took to his Instagram to vent out his anger towards Brian. Chan Sung assured that he will get his hands on the Californian athlete for causing harm to his celebrity friend.
For those interested, check out his full statement here:
There’s a lot of testosterone at the UFC. It’s scary to think that someone might get physical with you just by association alone.