UFC president Dana White told ESPN on Wednesday that the winner of Saturday's main event will "absolutely" be next to challenge 145-pound champion Alex Volkanovski.
"It's absolutely a No. 1 contender fight," White said. "First of all, this fight should have happened a long time ago. We're finally here. All the crazy stuff that's happened. Crazy stuff always happens in this sport. Zombie [Jung] vs. Ortega. Absolutely, the winner of this fight should be the next title shot."
The UFC tried to book this matchup last December, but Ortega was forced to pull out with a knee injury. The fight likely would have happened earlier this year were it not for logistical issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ortega (14-1) has not fought since he came up short in a title bid against then-champion Max Holloway in December 2018. The 29-year-old has made significant changes to his fight team since, and he recently told ESPN he doesn't want to look anything like his old self in this long-awaited comeback.
Jung (16-5), nicknamed The Korean Zombie, has been on a tear since rejoining the UFC's featherweight division in 2017 following his mandatory military service in South Korea. He is 3-1 since returning, with first-round finishes against Dennis Bermudez Renato Moicano and Frankie Edgar.