Brian Ortega has withdrawn from his headline UFC Fight Night 165 on Dec. 21 against Chan Sung Jung (Korean Zombie) due to a knee injury.
Ariel Helwani stated it was an undisclosed injury forced
“T-City” out of the much-anticipated Featherweight scrap, which was set to be his return after a year away from the fight game.”
Brian Ortega is out of the Dec. 21 main event fight against Chan Sung Jung due to an undisclosed injury, according to multiple sources. More coming shortly.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) December 5, 2019
Since then Ortega has released his own statement, sighting that
“I tore my ACL in training and I won’t be fighting in Korea. Thankfully it was only a partial tear so I’m already rehabbing it and the plan is to be back to 100% in 1-3 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 the 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 all up to you in 2020 I promise.”
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