After UFC Vegas 29 victory, what’s next for Chan Sung Jung?

This past Saturday at UFC Vegas 29, Chan Sung Jung (17-6) took on Dan Ige (15-4) in the main event. The matchup was a pivotal one for the featherweight division. The winner was expected to move up towards the top of the rankings.

Heading into UFC Vegas 29, there were a lot of questions surrounding The Korean Zombie. Jung’s loss to Brian Ortega last October took a lot out of him. The damage he’s taken over his career and the loss to Ortega had The Zombie briefly considering hanging up the gloves.

However, Jung decided that he wanted to fight on and he took the matchup with Dan Ige. Ige was coming off of a 20 second knockout and he was looking for that one signature win that would put him in title contention.

The fight on Saturday night was very back-and-forth. Both men had their moments, but at UFC Vegas 29, there was one man that was clearly getting the better of things and that was Chan Sung Jung.

Dan Ige showed that he can hang with The Zombie, however, Jung was too much for him on Saturday night. In the end, all three judges gave the fight to Chan Sung Jung and as a result, the UFC‘s Korean Zombie is back on track.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 29?

After the event, there was one name on the mind of TKZ. Jung took to the post-fight press conference where he made it clear that he wanted to face former UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway (22-6) in his next fight.

Jung said that he doesn’t believe Holloway has the power to hang with him. Holloway recently was scratched from his UFC main event against Yair Rodriguez next month. The former featherweight champion had to pull out due to an injury.

The promotion is leaning towards rebooking the fight, however, there has been replacement talks. If Rodriguez gets a replacement opponent, I think a fight between Holloway and Jung would be fantastic. It would provide a true number one contender in the UFC’s featherweight division.

UFC Vegas 29 Preview: Chan Sung Jung – Dan Ige

Tomorrow night in the headliner of UFC Vegas 29, we will see a matchup between two top contenders in the featherweight division. Former title challenger Chan Sung Jung (16-6) will be taking on Dan Ige (15-3).

This fight is a massive opportunity for Dan Ige. Dan Ige made his UFC debut back in 2018 where he lost a decision to Julio Arce. After that decision loss, Ige went on a six-fight win streak that put him in a main event against Calvin Kattar last July.

Ige was out-boxed by Kattar who snapped his UFC winning streak. After taking some time off, Ige returned back in March to take on Gavin Tucker. Needing a win to get back on track, Ige knocked Tucker out in 22 seconds. Now, he’s looking to ride the momentum into a win over The Korean Zombie.

Chan Sung Jung will be looking to bounce back at UFC Vegas 29. Last October, Jung was in a title eliminator against Brian Ortega. Jung was the popular betting favorite, however, Brian Ortega controlled the entire fight and won a decision.

That loss snapped a two-fight win streak for Jung. In his UFC career, TKZ has been in there with some of the best in the world and he has some incredibly impressive wins like defeating Dustin Poirier and Frankie Edgar. Tomorrow night, he will look to show Dan Ige that he’s still on another level.

UFC Vegas 29 Prediction

If you were to ask me for this UFC Vegas 29 prediction before March, I would’ve said Chan Sung Jung without even thinking about it. However, Dan Ige’s last performance against Gavin Tucker really surprised me and showed me how well Ige responds to losses.

I’m fully expecting this fight to stay on the feet. In their last few performances, I have really liked the technique of Dan Ige on the feet. He keeps his guard high and he has some very good power right down the middle.

Jung has never been known for his striking defense and he’s known to get clipped. Now, does Dan Ige have the power to stop the zombie from moving forward? That, I’m not too sure of.

Tomorrow night at UFC Vegas 29, I’m expecting a very back-and-forth matchup. If Dan Ige has the pop to hurt Jung, I expect him to have a good night. However, if he gets walked down all night, I don’t see him beating TKZ. Ultimately, I think we see a bit of a war tomorrow night and anytime there’s a war, how can you not favor a zombie?

Prediction: Chan Sung Jung by Unanimous Decision

UFC books headliner between Chan Sung Jung and Dan Ige

The UFC might not have any fights today, but that isn’t keeping them out of the news. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto was the first to report today that the promotion has finalized a headliner between Chan Sung Jung (16-6) and Dan Ige (15-3).

The matchup of the top ten UFC featherweights will headliner a Fight Night on June 19th. The promotion also finalized the Fight Night main event for the following week featuring heavyweights Ciryl Gane and Alexander Volkov. 

A matchup against The Korean Zombie is exactly what Dan Ige has been asking the UFC for. Ige just knocked out Gavin Tucker in seconds a few weeks ago and immediately called for a fight with TKZ.

Dan Ige is now 7-1 in his last eight UFC appearances with the lone loss coming to Calvin Kattar. Ige has been wanting another shot at the division’s elite to show that he can compete for a title.

Well, it doesn’t get much more elite than the Zombie. This is going to be a big test for Dan Ige and if he’s able to pull it off, expect him to get a potential title eliminator at 145 in his next UFC matchup.

UFC return for TKZ

Last October, Chan Sung Jung found himself in a title eliminator against Brian Ortega. Had TKZ won that fight, he would have earned a shot against the UFC featherweight champion, Alexander Volkanovksi.

Due to Ortega’s inactivity, The Zombie was the favorite heading into the matchup. However, Brian Ortega dominated the fight and Jung suffered his first loss in the octagon since 2018.

Now, TKZ is looking to get back on track and start marching towards the featherweight title. That journey starts at the UFC Fight Night on June 19th. If Jung is able to defeat Ige, he will likely be right back in the title picture. This is a huge matchup for the featherweight division.

UFC: Brian Ortega’s dream scenario is to win the belt then fight Max Holloway

Brian Ortega, UFC

Next weekend at UFC 260, Brian Ortega (15-1, 1 NC) will get his second crack at the featherweight title. This time, standing in front of him is Alexander Volkanovski (22-1). Ortega’s first attempt came back at UFC 231 against Max Holloway (22-6).

Brian Ortega was being hyped up as the guy who could take the belt away from Max Holloway back in 2018. Ortega had shown improved striking and his incredible skills on the ground were said to be a threat to the champion at the time.

However, Ortega proved to be no match for Holloway. Holloway put on a dominant performance and the doctor had to stop the fight after the fourth round and Holloway retained his UFC featherweight title.

After that fight in December of 2018, Brian Ortega took some time off. Then, he had a round of injuries that kept him out of action. During that time, Alexander Volkanovski challenged and defeated Max Holloway for the title.

Although controversial, Volkanovski then defeated Holloway a second time at UFC 251. A few months after Volkanovski beat Holloway for the second time, Ortega made his long anticipated return against The Korean Zombie, Chan Sung Jung (16-6).

Ortega was an underdog in the eyes of many due to the layoff. However, he quickly showed UFC fans that he’s much better than he was in 2018. Ortega dominated TKZ on the feet on his way to winning a decisive decision.

Ortega’s UFC dream scenario

That performance against Jung earned Ortega this shot at UFC 260. Ortega talked with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto this week about the fight and his future with the promotion. During the interview, Okamoto asked Ortega if the belt would mean more than beating Max Holloway.

Ortega gave a very interesting answer to this question. While capturing the UFC title is a dream of his, Ortega said he wouldn’t feel like the real champ until he beats Max Holloway. Holloway is the only man to have ever defeated him inside the octagon and that eats at him.

Ortega said that his dream scenario would be to defeat Volkanovski at UFC 260 then defend the title against Holloway. In that scenario, he could avenge his loss and capture the title. However, it all has to start with next Saturday night. I will say this, after seeing Ortega in October, I believe he’s fully capable of pulling it off.

Brian Ortega’s transformation has led him to a UFC title shot

Brian Ortega, UFC

This past Saturday at UFC Fight Island 6, we saw a new and improved Brian Ortega (15-1, 1 NC). Ortega hadn’t fought in nearly two years, and I figured he might be a little rusty. His opponent Chan Sung Jung (16-6) appeared to be the favorite entering Saturday.

Ortega has always been known for his slick skills on the ground. His guillotine chokes are legendary. However, his striking always seemed to be lacking behind. He showed promise in that area especially when he knocked out former UFC champion, Frankie Edgar.

However, most believed that a standup fight would favor the Korean Zombie on Saturday. What we saw at UFC Fight Island 6 was the complete transformation and evolution of T-City. Brian Ortega looked like a world beater on Saturday night.

From the opening bell, Ortega controlled the striking. With leg kicks from the outside and crisp shots down the middle, Ortega never allowed TKZ to get comfortable. When the Zombie charged forward in round two, he was met with a spinning elbow that floored him.

Ortega completely dominated the fight from the opening bell to the closing bell. I figured if the fight remained standing, the Zombie would have a big advantage. However, Ortega proved me and all of his doubters wrong on his way to securing a UFC title shot.

Clarity in the UFC’s featherweight division

The UFC‘s featherweight division has been in a little bit of a limbo state over the last few months. The champion, Alexander Volkanovski, just defeated Max Holloway for the second time back at UFC 251. Holloway had earned an immediate rematch after losing the title in December.

The fight was razor close, however, the judges gave the nod to the current UFC champion. With those two having fought back-to-back, there needed to be a new top contender. The UFC booked two fights that could produce a number one contender.

Due to injuries, the only fight that came to fruition occurred at UFC Fight Island 6. Brian Ortega is the new number one contender in the featherweight division, and he’s going to pose some problems for Alexander Volkanovski with the way he looks now.

What’s next for Chan Sung Jung after UFC Fight Island 6?

The Korean Zombie is one of the more popular fighters in the UFC‘s featherweight division. His dynamic striking and power along with his incredible heart make him a fan favorite. However, he didn’t show off what makes him special this past Saturday.

At UFC Fight Island 6, Chan Sung Jung (16-6) really struggled in his fight against Brian Ortega (15-1, 1 NC). Ortega had been out of the cage for nearly two years while the Zombie had been relatively active last fighting in December.

However, it looked like Jung was the fighter who had been inactive. All night long, Jung stayed on the outside and didn’t appear aggressive. Ortega used his improved striking to just pick apart Chan Sung Jung from the outside. Jung was even dropped twice.

In the end, the judges gave the shutout victory to Ortega at UFC Fight Island 6. A fight that was billed to be a war ended up being a largely one-sided affair. It was a big disappointment for the Korean Zombie. So what’s next for Chan Sung Jung inside the octagon.

What does the UFC do with TKZ?

Losing to the top contender in the division doesn’t set Jung back to far. However, it is disappointing as Jung was hoping to secure a UFC title shot with his victory. The one-sided nature of the loss will cause him to have to put together a string of wins to get back into the title picture.

In looking at the UFC‘s featherweight division, I think a decent next option could be a matchup with Josh Emmett (16-2). Emmett has won three straight and five out of his last six to get to the seventh ranking in the division.

Emmett is coming off of a bad knee injury, but he recently started resuming training. Jung didn’t appear to have any serious injuries, but it will take him a bit to recover from the loss. I think pairing these two could be a very good option for the UFC.

Brian Ortega dominates TKZ at UFC Fight Island 6

Brian Ortega, UFC

The UFC hosted their sixth fight night from Fight Island tonight. The night was filled with incredible fights, but everyone was interested in the main event of the evening. Brian Ortega (15-1, 1 NC) was finally set to take on The Korean Zombie, Chan Sung Jung (16-6).

There was some bad blood leading up to their contest at UFC Fight Island 6. Dana White also said earlier this week that the winner of this contest would be the number one contender. The UFC‘s featherweight champion and the world had their eyes on this one.

Both men were very measured as the action got underway. Ortega started the striking off with a few powerful leg kicks. Jung wasn’t able to get in range early on in the UFC Fight Island 6 main event. Ortega looked sensational in the striking with straight shots and leg kicks.

Just before the first round ended, Ortega dropped Jung with a big left hook. A big first round for Brian Ortega. The second round started very similarly to the first. However, Jung really pressed forward and landed some good shots to get the action started in the second.

Ortega tried for a takedown in the first couple of minutes, but Jung defended nicely. Jung looked much more comfortable and confident in the second round. His pressure wasn’t letting Ortega get his striking off. Jung landed a very nice uppercut which got Ortega’s attention late in the second.

With about a minute left in the round, Ortega dropped Jung with a massive spinning elbow. Jung got back up and the two men traded massive shots. Ortega landed a takedown which sealed the second round for Brian Ortega.

All Brian Ortega

As the third round got underway in the UFC Fight Island 6 main event, both men seemed a little tentative. After that spinning elbow in round two, both men took some massive shots. Ortega went back to work with leg kicks and jabs.

The Korean Zombie looked really tentative after he got hurt. Ortega really controlled the third round with solid shots. There was limited action in the third, however, Ortega was able to bank his third round by pulling away on strikes.

In the fourth round, Jung really attempted to turn up the pressure, however, Ortega was still controlling the striking. Ortega shot in for a takedown and in the process he landed a massive right that cut Jung. He followed that up with a massive elbow that staggered Jung.

Ortega was looking ready for another UFC title shot in this one entering the fifth round. Jung started the fifth with pressure sensing that he was done 4-0. However, Ortega’s ability to mix things up really kept throwing the Korean Zombie off.

Ortega continued to snap Jung’s head back with straight left hands. Jung tried to close the distance, but Ortega was just touching him up. Ortega’s jabs, kicks, and straight lefts flustered Jung throughout the fifth. I had it 5-0 for Ortega and the judges gave him the fight (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)

UFC Fight Island 6 Fallout

UFC Fight Island 6 was a massive statement for Brian Ortega. In his first fight in almost two years, Ortega looked absolutely sensational. He didn’t even look like the same fighter that lost in his UFC title shot against Max Holloway.

His striking was crisp and his defense looked great. This version of Brian Ortega is going to be a massive problem for anyone in the UFC‘s featherweight division. That includes the current champion, Alexander Volkanovski. Ortega’s next fight is going to come against Volkanovski.

For the Korean Zombie, this was a crushing defeat. Many people, including myself, thought Jung was going to have the striking to carry him to a decision. However, that just wasn’t the case. Jung is still a top contender, but he was just outclassed tonight.

UFC Fight Island 6 Preview: Will Ortega or Jung become number one contender?

Brian Ortega, UFC

One of the most highly anticipated UFC fights of the fall comes our way tomorrow night. Top featherweight contenders Brian Ortega (14-1, 1 NC) and Chan Sung Jung (16-5) will battle to determine who is the top contender in the UFC‘s featherweight division.

This fight was initially scheduled to take place back in December of 2019. However, due to an injury, Ortega was unable to compete. At that December event, Jung took on Frankie Edgar and knocked Edgar out in the first round of their fight.

These two men have had a ton of bad blood leading up to UFC Fight Island 6. They do not like each other, and there is a ton on the line in this matchup. Featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski has already made it known that he’s got his eyes on this one. 

Not too mention the fact that UFC President Dana White announced that the winner would be the number one contender. This fight has everything you’d want in a main event. There’s a ton on the line, and there’s a lot of bad blood between the two.

UFC Fight Island 6 Prediction

This fight is incredibly fascinating on a number of levels. We haven’t seen Brian Ortega compete inside the UFC since his title loss to Max Holloway back in 2018. Ortega used his all around skills to rise to the status of top contender.

Ortega knocked out Frankie Edgar with strikes, however, it’s his submissions that keep everyone on edge. He possesses arguably the best guillotine choke in the entire UFC. If Ortega grabs your neck, there’s a good chance that you’re not getting it back.

The Korean Zombie has looked sensational since returning from his military stint. He’s 3-1 with three first round knockouts. His one UFC loss came to Yair Rodriguez in a very flukey knockout. Jung was clearly winning the fight, and got caught with a hail mary strike at the buzzer.

Jung has very good striking skills. He’s very quick and he holds a ton of power in his hands. The Korean Zombie is also incredibly strong and will be well prepared for wherever this fight goes. Both men are so talented that it’s tough to pick a winner.

Brian Ortega is such a good pick because of his incredible submission skills. However, I’m not completely sold that he can win the standup fight with Jung. Ortega has really good striking, however, I think his striking won’t best the Zombie over five rounds. Expect a war tomorrow night.

Prediction: Chan Sung Jung by Split Decision

Alexander Volkanovski has his eyes on UFC Fight Island 6

The UFC‘s featherweight champion of the world certainly has his eyes on this weekend’s main event. Alexander Volkanovski (22-1) has been sitting on the sidelines since his split decision win over Max Holloway back at UFC 251 in July.

Since then, the UFC‘s featherweight champion has been waiting for a worthy top contender to emerge. Volkanovski has been waiting for the highly anticipated matchups to occur between Brian Ortega and Chan Sung Jung as well as the Zabit Magmedosharipov and Yair Rodriguez.

The Zabit – Rodriguez fight has been sidelined with injuries to Rodriguez. However, Jung and Ortega will take center stage this weekend at UFC Fight Island 6. The main event of the evening will likely produce the top contender in the featherweight division.

You have to imagine that Volkanovski is chomping at the bit to get back in the octagon. There were more questions than answers provided in his last title defense at UFC 251. Saturday night a new and dangerous contender will emerge in the featherweight division.

UFC Fight Island 6’s Title Eliminator

There’s already bad blood that exists between Brian Ortega (14-1, 1 NC) and Chan Sung Jung (16-5). Throw in the fact that the winner is likely going to get the next shot at UFC gold and you have the perfect recipe for a fantastic main event.

It’s almost been two years since we have last seen Ortega inside the octagon. Ortega last fought for the UFC title against Max Holloway. It was a fight that showed off a lot of areas where T-City needed to improve. The world should expect a much better Brian Ortega Saturday night.

Saturday night will also mark the first fight of 2020 for the UFC‘s Korean Zombie. Jung will enter the cage on a two fight winning streak. Jung has knocked out Frankie Edgar and Renato Carneiro in his last two UFC contests.

Volkanovski will be glued to his TV come Saturday night. This matchup between top five UFC featherweight contenders will give Alexander The Great something that he’s been waiting for all year. A challenger not named Max Holloway.

 

UFC: Alexander Volkanovski eyes two key fights for next title defense

Everything has been pretty quiet at the top of the featherweight division since UFC 251. Champion Alexander Volkanovski (22-1) has been in a state of limbo since he defeated the former champion, Max Holloway (21-6), for the second time.

The second fight was razor close, and at first, the UFC seemed interested in putting on the trilogy. However, Volkanovski didn’t seem interested as he had just defeated Holloway twice in his eyes. Can’t really blame the guy for wanting to move on.

Since then, the UFC has abandoned the idea. Now, Volkanovski is eyeing two key featherweight contests to determine who will face him next. Those two contests are the Chan Sung Jung – Brian Ortega fight and the Zabit Magomedsharipov – Yair Rodriguez fight.

Who will be the next contender for the UFC featherweight crown?

On the upcoming fights, the UFC featherweight champion said to MMA Junkie, “I want these guys to go out and take their number one contender spot. Right now, if someone was just given the shot, it’s not a big fight.” Volkanovski wants his next fight to generate a ton of interest.

“At the end of the day, it’s what the UFC and fans want. It also depends on their performances. If someone has a big knockout, submission or a dominant performance, it can solidify them as the next guy,” Volkanovski said.

Brian Ortega (14-1, 1 NC), Chan Sung Jung (16-5), Zabit Magomedsharipov (18-1), and Yair Rodriguez (13-2, 1 NC) would all be deserving of a UFC title shot with a win. But whoever wins those contests must do it impressively. Sound like the most impressive could get the next shot at the champ.

What about Holloway?

As I pointed out above, originally the UFC was interested in a trilogy fight with Holloway. However, Volkanovski wants to see Holloway get active again in the division before he grants him another shot at the title. He does seem interested in the trilogy eventually.

“Even though I’m 2-0, there still seems to be unfinished business. I think it could definitely happen, but not anytime soon,” Volkanovski told MMA Junkie. My guess is that Holloway is going to be paired up with someone like Calvin Kattar (22-4) before the year is over.

There is a lot of fluidity right now in the featherweight division. The UFC champ is happy to just watch it all play out. Whatever fight generates the most interest after all these matchups, Volkanovski will be ready for it and ready to defend.