The UFC keeps rolling out it’s weekly fight cards, and while this one is very top heavy, there are certainly some intriguing matchups that should produce exceptionally beautiful violence.
In the main event, my personal favorite fighter walking the Earth, Chan Sung Jung, aka The Korean Zombie, takes on no-gi jiu jitsu ace come KO aficionado Brian “T-City” Ortega to see who is deserving of the next title shot in the featherweight division. Let’s get to it:
Chan Sung Jung (-175) vs Brian Ortega (+155)
I’m going to try to be a “real” journalist and not allow my Korean Zombie fanaticism to cloud my analysis (emphasis on the word “try”). You know how people get a kick when they get to announce that they started listening to the super cool band way back when they were playing house parties? Well that’s how I feel about the Zombie, as I’ve been a fan since his first fight.
His name says it all: he’s a rare combination of unrelenting forward motion and precision power striking, and his ground game isn’t too shabby either. How many guys can say they’ve (a) hit a twister finish in the UFC and (b) submitted Dustin Porier? One. Now don’t get it twisted (see what I did there?), Ortega has the vastly superior submission game.
If this fight ends up on the mat, it’s T-City’s to lose. However, given how his last 2 fights have played out, it seems Ortega is intent on proving he can stand with anyone in the division. That’s why I see him getting his lights turned out. Oh and let’s not forget that Ortega slapped some Korean pop star that’s a friend of the Zombie, so there’s some added motivation for Jung.
That’s not to say this isn’t a close one; it is. But I love the Zombie in GPPs, and wouldn’t blame you for playing Ortega there too. This one won’t see the final bell.
Jessica Andrade (-135) vs Kaitlyn Chookagian (+115)
This is Andrade’s flyweight debut, and she’s drawn a tough test in division mainstay Kaitlyn Chookagian. In her previous weight class, Andrade had an amazing run to the strawweight title, eventually taking the belt from Rose Namajunas. However, after dropping the strap to Weili Zhang, Andrade made the move to flyweight.
The question is this: will Andrade’s ability to physically overwhelm her opponents travel down a weight class with her? Chookagian has shown some promising adaptability, using her power striking to take out Jennifer Maia, and a stifling top game to beat Antonina Shevchenko. She can beat Andrade by outwrestling her, but Andrade is great at pulling opponents into her type of fight, and then leaving them beaten and bloodied.
Given her ability to dictate where the fight takes place, Andrade will land the cleaner and more effective strikes on her way to a decision. I love her in cash, and I think I’ll pass on Chookagian.
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