Brian Ortega injured his leg and will not be able to participate in the scheduled UFC Fight Night Busan main event against ‘Korean Zombie’ Chan Sung Jung on December 21.
“T-City” Ortega suffered a partial tear of his ACL in training and made the announcement via Instagram.
“I tore my ACL in training and I won’t be fighting in Korea,” Ortega wrote on Instagram. “Thankfully, it was only a partial tear so I’m already rehabbing it and the plan is to be back to 100 percent in 2-3 months. I didn’t want to let down the fans, the Zombie and the UFC, so I strongly considered pushing through it and fighting anyways but according to doctors, the risk of a full rupture in the fight was high and that would put me out for up to a year.
“Sorry guys, I gotta take care of this right now but I’ll make it up to all of you [in] 2020, I promise.”
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UFC officials haven’t made any announcements regarding the fight or any potential replacements who could step in to face “The Korean Zombie” although it does seem that someone will get the call.
UFC on ESPN+ 23 takes place at the Sajik Arena in Busan, South Korea.
The remainder of the card looks like this:
Volkan Oezdemir vs. Aleksandar Rakić
Doo Ho Choi vs. Charles Jourdain
Da Un Jung vs. Mike Rodriguez
Jun Yong Park vs. M. Barriault
Kyung Ho Kang vs. Pingyuan Liu
Ciryl Gane vs. Tanner Boser
Suman Mokhtarian vs. Seung Woo Choi
Omar Morales vs. Dong Hyun Ma
Alexandre Pantoja vs. Matt Schnell
Said Nurmagomedov vs. Raoni Barcelos
Amanda Lemos vs. Miranda Granger
Heili Alateng vs. Ryan Benoit