Ortega with the new look! @BrianTCity makes 146 for Saturday night's main event.
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Time will tell if Brian Ortega’s latest transformation is a boon or more akin to Samson and Delilah.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s latest stint at the Flash Forum in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, continues with UFC Fight Night 180. The card is headlined by featherweight contenders Ortega and Chan Sung Jung. All 11 fights are now official after the weigh-ins took place Friday morning.
Fighting for the first time since the lone loss of his career, Ortega (14-1) will be looking to bounce back and make a statement. Other than being stopped by Max Holloway, “T-City” has been perfect inside the Octagon with big wins over Frankie Edgar, Renato Carneiro, Cub Swanson and Clay Guida. Ortega stepped on the scales with a freshly shaved head – doing so for charity purposes – and came in at 146 pounds.
Jung (16-5) is looking to earn his second crack at UFC gold with a win. The talented South Korean mixed martial artist is coming off quick knockout wins over Edgar and Carneiro. His latest setback came in a memorable main event against Yair Rodriguez, who knocked out Jung with an elbow with only one second left in a bout that “The Korean Zombie” was controlling. Jung had no issue making weight and came in at 146 pounds making the headliner official.
The entirety of UFC Fight Night 180 will stream live on ESPN+. The prelims kick off at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT, while the main card begins at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.
UFC Fight Night 180 Weigh-in Results:Brian Ortega (146) vs. Chan Sung Jung (146)
Jessica Andrade (126) vs. Katlyn Chookagian (126)
Modestas Bukauskas (206) vs. Jimmy Crute (206)
Thomas Almeida (146) vs. Jonathan Martinez (146)
Mateusz Gamrot (156) vs. Guram Kutateladze (156)
Gillian Robertson (125.5) vs. Poliana Botelho (125)
Claudio Henrique da Silva (171) vs. James Krause (171)
Jun Yong Park (185) vs. John Phillips (186)
Jamie Mullarkey (156) vs. Fares Ziam (156)
Gadzhimurad Antigulov (206) vs. Maxim Grishin (205.5)
Mark Striegl (136) vs. Said Nurmagomedov (136)