UFC featherweight Brian Ortega warned Korean rapper, Jay Park, that he would slap him if he ever saw him in person.
And when the two men crossed paths last Saturday in Las Vegas at the UFC 248 event, Ortega apparently backed up his words.
In video footage obtained by TMZ Sports, the two men could be seen being separated prior to the alleged slap.
Though the physical slap wasn’t caught actually on tape, Ortega can be hear mocking Park for hitting him.
So who is Jay Park, you ask, and why is a UFC fighter beefing with him?
Park is a successful Korean rapper who also serves as Chang Sung Jung’s translator. Jung and Ortega were scheduled to fight last year before an injury derailed those plans.
Afterwards, Park was still translating for “The Korean Zombie” and claimed that Ortega was ducking the fight, when in actuality, Brian was healing from a torn ACL.
That fired Ortega up and the tensions began resulting in the slap. Ortega was eventually escorted out of T-Mobile Arena.
Brian Ortega getting escorted after trying to start a fight with Zombie pic.twitter.com/21FmOsZB8E
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Ortega subsequently took to social media to offer up an apology, sort of.
“Four weeks ago, [Jung] and [Park] went on Ariel (Helwani’s) show and said I dodged the fight. Dodging and injury are two separate things, and since I already knew [Park] was the one writing the script, that’s when I welcomed him to the fight game and warned him to watch his mouth. On Saturday night, I slapped three people at the same time. I apologize for slapping the ‘translator,’ and I apologize for slapping the ‘K-pop star,’ but I don’t apologize for slapping the ‘instigator.’”
Welcome to the fight game, Park.
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