After UFC Vegas 29, will see see Dominick Cruz – Chito Vera?

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Over the weekend at UFC Vegas 29, we saw the rematch between Marlon “Chito” Vera (17-7-1) and Davey Grant (13-5). The two bantamweight contenders first met back in 2016 where Davey Grant was able to pick up the unanimous decision victory.

Despite having won the first fight and won three straight entering UFC Vegas 29, Davey Grant was the betting underdog on Saturday night. That was because Chito Vera has been really taking off over the last few years.

Since that loss to Davey Grant back in 2016, Vera had gone 9-4 in thirteen fights. At UFC 252, Vera got his highlight victory when he stopped the hype train of Suga Sean O’Malley by stopping him in the first round.

Back in December, Vera fought Jose Aldo and it was an incredibly competitive fight, however, Aldo got the victory. The rematch between Vera and Grant at UFC Vegas 29 didn’t disappoint as the two men took home Fight of The Night honors.

It was a back-and-forth battle on Saturday night. However, Chito Vera was just always one step ahead of Davey Grant. A few times it looked like Chito could get the finish, but Grant was all heart and fought to the final bell at UFC Vegas 29. Ultimately, all three judges gave the fight to Chito Vera.

UFC looking at Vera – Cruz?

So, where does former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (23-3) fit into all of this? Well, after the fight was over, Vera said that he would love to fight Dominick Cruz next. Cruz was on the broadcast calling the fights on Saturday night.

The former champion last fought back at UFC 259 when he defeated Casey Kenney by Split Decision. It was a big fight for Cruz who showed that he wasn’t done competing yet and he didn’t care about fighting up and coming contenders.

After Saturday’s win, Vera will still likely be on the back side of the top fifteen in the UFC’s rankings. Dominick Cruz is ranked inside the top ten, and my guess is that he will look for a top-tier opponent in his next fight. Chito Vera is great, but I think we will likely see him fighting someone else.

After coming up short at UFC Vegas 29, what’s next for Dan Ige?

This past Saturday at UFC Vegas 29, in the main event Dan Ige (15-4) got a shot at former title challenger Chan Sung Jung (17-6). Heading into Saturday night, Ige was coming off of a 22 second knockout over Gavin Tucker back in March.

After Ige got that win, he immediately called out The Korean Zombie for his next fight. The UFC honored that request and the fight was made between the two men. So far in Ige’s UFC career, he’s been incredibly solid.

After losing his debut with the promotion, Ige won six fights in a row including a win over Edson Barboza. From there, Ige got his first headlining fight against Calvin Kattar last July during the UFC‘s first stint on Fight Island.

Ige was ultimately outboxed by Kattar in that one. After defeating Tucker, this shot against Chan Sung Jung was Ige’s chance to prove he belonged with the top of the division. However, it wasn’t in the cards for him on Saturday night to pick up the win.

While Ige had his moments at UFC Vegas 29, it was ultimately the fight of The Zombie. Jung dropped Ige at one point and really landed the more significant shots throughout. All three judges gave the fight to The Korean Zombie.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 29?

Dan Ige is now just 1-2 in his last three UFC fights, but both of those losses were in headliners where he was challenging the division’s best. Now, it looks like he’s going to have to take a bit of a step back.

In looking at the division, there are two fights that could make a lot of sense for Dan Ige next. One fight that I like is with Sodiq Yusuff (11-2). Like Ige, Yusuff earned his UFC contract via Dana White’s Contender Series.

Yusuff is just outside the top ten and he’s coming off of his first loss in the UFC. Another option for Ige could be Shane Burgos (13-3). Burgos has lost two in a row, but he’s in a very similar position as Ige. Both of those losses were against top level competition. A matchup between Ige and either of these men will really let us know where he’s at.

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: Matt Brown – Dhiego Lima

Tomorrow night at UFC Vegas 29, one of the hard-core legends of the sport will make the walk once again. Matt “The Immortal” Brown (22-18) returns to the octagon as he takes on former Ultimate Fighter Runner-Up, Dhiego Lima (15-8).

At 40 years old, we are likely nearing the end of Matt Brown’s UFC career. It’s been a tremendous career for Matt Brown and he’s shared the octagon with some of the best in the business. The highlight stretch of his career came back in 2012/2013.

During that stretch of Brown’s career, he won seven consecutive fights including a win over Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. That streak put him in a title eliminator against Robbie Lawler where he ultimately came up just short.

Since then, Brown has fought some of the best in the world. In his last fight, he lost a decision to former UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit. Brown has lost two in a row leading into tomorrow night.

Dhiego Lima last fought back at UFC 258 when he lost to Belal Muhammad. That loss snapped the longest winning streak of his UFC career where he had won three in a row. Since joining the promotion, it’s been very up and down for Lima. Lima has put together an overall UFC record of 4-6.

UFC Vegas 29 Prediction

When it comes to this welterweight contest at UFC Vegas 29, it’s a tough fight for me to pick. If this fight was just a year or two ago, I would comfortably pick Matt Brown to win this fight. I love his forward pressure and his ability to mix in the grappling.

Dhiego Lima has really good kicks and very good striking technique. However, throughout his UFC career, we’ve seen him struggle when he’s being pressured. Matt Brown is not the type of guy you want to face when you struggle off your back foot.

That said, I’m not sure this is the same Matt Brown of a few years ago. If Matt Brown comes out looking sharp and aggressive, he’s going to win this fight. However, if he’s at all off, I see him getting touched up on the feet and losing a decision. Because of his pressuring style, I think it’s still close, but I have to favor Lima here.

Prediction: Dhiego Lima by Decision

UFC Vegas 29 Preview: Marlon Vera – Davey Grant 2

Tomorrow night on the main card of UFC Vegas 29, we will see a fun rematch in the bantamweight division. Marlon “Chito” Vera (16-7-1) is back as he takes on Davey Grant (13-4). This fight is a rematch from 2016.

Back in 2016, Davey Grant was able to pick up the unanimous decision over Chito Vera. Now, I will say that when they first fought, Chito Vera was still very green in his UFC career. He was just 23 years old and it was just his third fight with the promotion. That said, Davey Grant still won the fight.

However, since that loss, Chito Vera has been much more active as he’s been steadily climbing the ranks at 135 pounds. Since their first fight, Grant has fought five times while Vera has fought 13 times.

Chito Vera got the biggest win of his career last year when he stopped Sean O’Malley in the first round at UFC 252. That completed a stretch for Vera that saw him go 6-1 which led him to a fight with former UFC champion Jose Aldo. Vera lost the fight, but was extremely competitive.

Davey Grant has had some trouble staying active, but this will be his third fight in the last 12 months. After starting his UFC career 1-3, Grant has won three straight including back-to-back knockout victories.

UFC Vegas 29 Prediction

Heading into UFC Vegas 29, Davey Grant is making a lot of people question their picks of Chito Vera. When the fight got announced, most believed it was Chito’s fight to lose. Chito has been way more active against much better competition and he’s so much better now than he was when they first fought.

However, Grant’s back-to-back knockout wins are giving a lot of people pause entering UFC Vegas 29. There’s no questioning the fact that Grant has the skills to make this fight interesting and potentially win the rematch.

That said, I really do personally like Chito Vera in this fight. He’s become so much sharper over the last few years and still at just 28 years old he’s getting better. His defensive grappling should help him here and I really think it’s his fight to lose. Grant has the power to make it interesting, but I think Chito Vera gets it done.

Prediction: Chito Vera by Unanimous Decision

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