TKZ doesn’t remember the final 3 rounds

“The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung lost to Brian Ortega in the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 38 on Saturday night. In the fight’s most dramatic moment, Ortega dropped TKZ with a spinning elbow, and was around 1.5″ off from stopping him. It did scramble his thought processes, however, as he shared recently on his social network.

“I don’t remember the third, fourth, and fifth rounds,” he wrote on Instagram. “I can’t remember, but it’s amazing to see how I’m fighting… haha… I have to find out why I lost when I lose the game. Right, I’m just a fool. Ortega was so good… I just feel so embarrassed about me now. Still, thank you for supporting me a lot. I’m sorry.”

“When the fifth round was about one minute left, my mind returned,” he continued in a second message on Instagram. “So, at the end of the fifth round, I knew if the fourth round would start, Rounds 3, 4, and 5 were just… fights. Obviously, I was expecting to be South Po, and I prepared a lot, and Eddie coach also ordered properly… Gym left-handed players are using the technique of harassing left-handed athletes. But… haha ??If I play again, I want to prepare for the third round. Now it’s really okay. I’m okay with blaming mockery #Hahaha. I’m so sorry for only one person.”

TKZ won eight performance bonuses in the eight fights leading up to Saturday night, but didn’t in loss, and Ortega dictate a more tactical, southpaw approach, that Jung never appear to work out. However, it must be emphasized that the loss was not because Jung fought poorly. In fact, he fought very well. But Brian Ortega was better, likely better than we have ever seen him. The oddsmakers liked TKZ leading into the fight, likely because Ortega was coming off a loss, switched camps, and had not fought in 20 months.

UG, who do you want to see TKZ fight next, based on last week’s rankings?

1. Max Holloway
2. Brian Ortega
3. Zabit Magomedsharipov
4. Chan Sung Jung
5. Yair Rodriguez
6. Calvin Kattar
7. Josh Emmett
8. Jeremy Stephens
9. Arnold Allen
10. Dan Ige
11. Shane Burgos
11. Sodiq Yusuff
13. Ryan Hall
14. Edson Barboza
15. Bryce Mitchell

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