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.

Did Jessica Andrade earn a title shot at UFC Fight Island 6?

This past weekend at UFC Fight Island 6, former strawweight champion, Jessica Andrade (21-8), moved up to flyweight for the first time. Andrade had competed at bantamweight and became the champion at strawweight during her UFC career.

Despite the success at strawweight, many people believed that flyweight was the best natural weight class for the former champion. She jumped right into the deep end of the pool taking on top ranked contender, Katlyn Chookagian (14-4).

Chookagian was coming off a dominant win and was just one fight removed from a UFC title shot. Many believed that the winner could be in good position to cash in on a UFC title shot. Well, Andrade made a massive statement on Saturday.

Andrade showed off her superior strength despite being the much smaller fighter. She threw Chookagian to the ground twice. Andrade then landed some vicious hooks to the body that crumbled Chookagian giving Andrade the first round TKO victory.

UFC title shot next?

Andrade was the second UFC strawweight to move up this year to take on the top contender at flyweight. Cynthia Calvillo did the same thing against Jessica Eye. That night, Calvillo also defeated the previously top ranked contender.

However, that fight was a grinding decision with a lot of wrestling. Andrade made a massive statement with the way that she was able to win on Saturday night. She completed dominated and finished the former title challenger.

Given the way that she won and her status as a former UFC champion, I think Andrade is definitely next in line to face the winner of the UFC 255 title match. In the most likely scenario that Valentina Shevchenko retains her title, I would be very excited to see the matchup between Shevchenko and Andrade.

Shevchenko would still be a sizable favorite in that potential UFC matchup. Many people believe that she might be the best female fighter in the world. I personally thought she beat Amanda Nunes the last time they fought. A Shevchenko – Andrade title fight would be very exciting for the division.

What’s next for Katlyn Chookagian after UFC Fight Island 6?

This past Saturday at UFC Fight Island 6, the co-main event of the evening featured a fight between two top flyweight contenders. Former title challenger, Katlyn Chookagian (14-4), was welcoming the former UFC strawweight champion, Jessica Andrade (21-8) to flyweight.

Despite having fought at bantamweight during her UFC career, Andrade was at a big size disadvantage. However, Chookagian wasn’t able to really use that size advantage to her advantage in this fight.

Andrade was able to take Chookagian down a couple of times including one big slam during the first round. In addition to the takedowns, Andrade was able to land some big leg kicks that buckled the former title challenger. Andrade looked great in the first round.

Chookagian was caught with a massive hook to the body that sent her spinning to the other side of the cage. Andrade followed up with more vicious hooks to the body that finished the fight. A crushing defeat for Chookagian at UFC Fight Island 6.

What’s next after UFC Fight Island 6?

For Chookagian, it will be back to the UFC drawing board. She was coming off of a dominant victory over Antonina Shevchenko in her last fight, and a victory over the former UFC strawweight champion would’ve given her a good case for a rematch with Valentina Shevchenko.

However, Chookagian was dominated by Andrade. Chookagian has been flirting with retirement due to her desire to start a family. However, she said that she still has a goal and dream to become a UFC champion.

Chookagian has stated that once she leaves the sport to start a family, she will not be coming back. That said, Chookagian is going to need a big win in her next fight to try to get back into UFC title contention.

Perhaps a fight with Cynthia Calvillo or a fight with Lauren Murphy could be next for Chookagian. Those two were supposed to fight at UFC 254, however, Calvillo fell out of the fight. If Murphy wins, perhaps the UFC looks to book her against Chookagian or they book Calvillo with Chookagian.

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.

James Krause calls out Joaquin Buckley after UFC Fight Island 6

One of the fighters on the main card of last Saturday’s UFC Fight Island 6 card that picked up a win was James Krause (28-8). Krause picked up his seventh victory in his last eight fights with the only fight he’s lost being a fight he took on one days notice.

Quietly, Krause has turned himself into one of the more solid fighters in the UFC. Krause has also developed into quite the coach and he’s developed a solid stable of fighters. Being a coach seems to be his main focus at the moment, but he’s always down to fight.

Last Saturday he took on Claudio Silva. Silva was pressing forward the entire time, however, Krause was able to use slick movement and counters all night. In the end, it was a shutout victory for Krause who had some strong words for another UFC fighter in the post-fight press conference.

Krause was asked on if there was an issue between himself and Joaquin Buckley. Buckley has gone viral over the past couple of weeks due to his highlight reel knockout at UFC Fight Island 5. Buckley already has his next fight booked, but it didn’t stop Krause from talking about him.

“The dude’s a clown, man. People just know him from his viral video, for his viral knockout. It was a beautiful knockout. I’m not going to rag on that. The dude’s a s–t box. He’s from my neck of the woods and all he does is sit on social media and talk s–t all day. He called me to come train and I told him to get f–ked,” Krause told reporters

UFC Midwest Rivalry?

Krause went on to talk about the fact that he would love to face Buckley in the UFC. “I’ll go back up to middleweight and whoop his ass. He can get it. I know he’s got a fight set, but I’ll go back up middleweight for that. No problem. Easy work, Krause told reporters.

Buckley is set to take on Jordan Wright at UFC 255 in November. If Buckley gets through that fight with a victory, it might make sense for the UFC to book these two against each other. There is personal beef which always leads to a great build up.

Krause is a veteran in all aspects and it’s clear that Buckley has rubbed him the wrong way. A fight between the two just makes total sense, and Krause would take that fight on a moments notice given his history.

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.

Jessica Andrade stops Chookagian at UFC Fight Island 6

Tonight, the UFC Fight Island 6 has delivered some solid action. The co-main event of the evening featured a big time contest in the flyweight division. Former UFC strawweight champion Jessica Andrade (21-8) was making her flyweight debut.

She was doing that against the number one ranked contender in the division, Katlyn Chookagian (14-4). Chookagian was coming off of a dominant victory in her last fight against Antonina Shevchenko. While retirement rumors have been swirling, Chookagian was focused on tonight.

As the fight started, the former UFC champion really looked to close the distance. However, Chookagian did well in the opening seconds landing a few shots. Andrade was able to push Chookagian to the fence and land a takedown early.

Chookagian was able to get back to her feet in the first. However, Andrade’s constant clinch work was solid and she landed another takedown late. Again, Chookagian got back up to her feet. However, Andrade hurt Chookagian bad to the body with a massive hook.

Andrade followed up with additional shots. Another giant body shot floored Chookagian for the final time and the ref called it. Incredible flyweight debut for the former UFC strawweight champion.

UFC Fight Island 6 Fallout

UFC Fight Island 6 was a massive statement for the former strawweight champion, Jessica Andrade. Andrade was finally fighting in her natural weight class. In her divisional debut, she stopped the top ranked contender.

It is not crazy to think that Andrade could be next in line to face the winner of the Valentina Shevchenko – Jennifer Maia fight. The loss was a crushing defeat for Katlyn Chookagian who was trying to get back to a title shot with a victory tonight.

While there have been retirement talks, I wouldn’t say that Chookagian is done after this fight. I just think that she ran into a buzzsaw in Jessica Andrade. Andrade is going to be a handful for a lot of contenders in the UFC‘s flyweight division.

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

Will Andrade or Chookagian be victorious at UFC Fight Island 6?

Tomorrow night, UFC Fight Island 6 will take place from Abu Dhabi. In the main event of the evening, there is a title eliminator between Brian Ortega and Chan Sung Jung. In the co-main event of the evening, there is a fantastic women’s flyweight contest.

Former UFC strawweight champion, Jessica Andrade (20-8) will be making her flyweight debut. Standing across from the former champion is Katlyn Chookagian (14-3). Chookagian is coming off of a dominant win over Antonina Shevchenko.

This is a fantastic matchup for a number of reasons. Chookagian is the top ranked contender in the UFC‘s flyweight division. Despite being the top contender in the division, Chookagian has openly talked about the end of her fighting career. An interest wrinkle in tomorrow’s fight.

Andrade won the title at strawweight and she’s competed at bantamweight in her UFC career. This is the first time that Andrade will likely be competing in her natural weight class. She’s going to be very strong and very fast when she enters the cage tomorrow night.

UFC Fight Island 6 Prediction

I was very impressed with what I saw from Jessica Andrade back at UFC 251. Sure, she lost a decision to Rose Namajunas. However, it was the way that Andrade overcame adversity that impressed me. She was touched up early, but she just kept coming forward and hurt Namajunas late.

This is the first time she will be competing in a UFC weight class that feels natural for her. She should have extra energy and speed when she enters the cage tomorrow. Andrade is extremely well rounded, however, she’s known for her incredible power.

Chookagian was able to bounce back big time in her last contest. She used a wrestling heavy attack to stifle Antonina Shevchenko. The win was the third in the last four fights for Chookagian. She will be the much bigger fighter tomorrow night coming in eight inches taller than Andrade.

I think that Chookagian really needs to use her size tomorrow night. If she can stay on the outside and mix in some timely takedowns she can win a decision. However, I just don’t know if I see it. I love the flyweight move for Andrade, and I think her striking and speed wins out tomorrow night.

Prediction: Jessica Andrade by Unanimous Decision

UFC Fight Island 6 loses it’s co-main event

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UFC Fight Island 6 has taken a big hit. The card that will take place this Saturday night from Fight Island has lost it’s heavyweight co-main event of the evening. While the reasons are still unknown, the fight is off after first being reported by LaSueur.com.

Ciryl Gane (6-0) was expected to take on Ante Delija (17-3) in a highly anticipated heavyweight fight this Saturday night. Due to some issue with Delija, the fight has now been cancelled. Jessica Andrade and Katlyn Chookagian is expected to be the new co-headliner.

For Gane, UFC fans have to feel his frustrations. One of the top prospects in the UFC’s heavyweight division has not been able to get a fight since last December when he defeated Tanner Boser. Gane is currently ranked 13th in the UFC‘s heavyweight division.

One of the main training partners of top contender, Francis Ngannou, Gane is known for his world class striking. He’s a guy that many people have pegged to be a title challenger, however, he hasn’t been able to fight once this year. It’s not due to the lack of effort.

Four UFC cancellations for Gane

The UFC has tried to book their top heavyweight prospect from France four separate times this year. The UFC has tried pairing him with Shamil Abdurakhimov, Sergey Pavlovich, back to Abdurakhimov, and now Delija.

All four fights have fallen apart one way or another. This one is particularly cruel for the UFC heavyweight considering the fight was just a couple of days away. Have to think the UFC will throw him a little show money for all of this.

For now, it will be back to the match making drawing board for Gane and the UFC. The promotion has worked hard to get him a fight, everything has just fallen apart. Perhaps a fight with the tough Blagoy Ivanov (18-4. 1 NC) could be an option for Gane’s next attempt to get back in the cage.