Chan Sung “The Korean Zombie” Jung needed only 58 seconds to dust Renato Moicano via first-round knockout in Saturday’s UFC Greenville main event. Jung easily won the featherweight scrap as a +180 underdog, hooking up betting supporters for proposition wagers on him to win by TKO/KO for a +275 return, in Round 1 (+600) and inside the distance (+225).
I was extremely bullish on TKZ all week.
I’m a big fan of The Korean Zombie +180 (BetOnline & 5Dimes) vs Renato Moicano in Saturday’s #UFCGreenville headliner. TKZ is 4-2 in UFC w/ 6 postfight bonuses, only L’s fluke at the buzzer vs Yair & when he blew his shoulder out in R4 vs Aldo (in his prime).— Brian Edwards Sports (@vegasbedwards) June 20, 2019
In my weekly Thursday appearance on Sharp & Benning in the Morning on 1620 The Zone in Omaha, I said, “A lot of times when I bet an underdog that’s a little more generous than Zombie here, one that’s like +250 or better, my thinking is that the underdog can win this fight four or five times out of 10. There isn’t any thought process like that whatsoever here. I have no idea how Moicano is favored. Not only that, I think Zombie should be at least a -160 favorite, probably more. He’ll win by knockout.”
Jung improved to 2-1 in three Octagon appearances since leaving the promotion to complete his mandatory two-year military service back in his home country of South Korea. He left in October of 2014, less than a year after blowing his shoulder out in the fourth round of a title fight against Jose Aldo.
The 32-year-old Jung is now 15-5 overall and 5-2 in the Octagon. His UFC tenure started with three straight wins by finish, including the first twister submission in UFC history against Leonard Garcia, an eight-second knockout of Mark “The Machine” Hominick and a fourth-round submission of current interim lightweight champ Dustin Poirier in the 2012 Fight of the Year.
After the loss to Aldo at UFC 163, TKZ didn’t fight again until defeating Dennis Bermudez by first-round KO in the UFC Houston headliner on Feb. 4 of 2017. Then a knee injury forced Jung to miss another year. He returned last November and was literally one second away from winning a somewhat lopsided decision over Yair Rodriguez. However, Jung went for the finish all the way to the buzzer and Rodriguez landed a wild back elbow to end the fight at the 4:59 mark of Round 5.
TKZ went into last night’s bout ranked 12th in the featherweight loop. After easily dusting the fifth-ranked Moicano, Jung is poised to move back into the Top Ten and closer to fifth than 10th. The fighters ahead of him that aren’t currently booked for their next scrap include third-ranked Aldo, seventh-ranked Jeremy Stephens and ninth-ranked Calvin Kattar. Although Stephens is off back-to-back defeats, I’d love to see that matchup.
TKZ earned an extra $50,000 when he was given a Performance of the Night bonus. He has seven career fight-night bonuses, with his loss to Aldo being his lone UFC fight in which he wasn’t granted a bonus.
Moicano fell to 13-3-1 overall and 5-3 in the UFC. His other losses in the Octagon came against Aldo and Brian Ortega.
In the co-main event, Randy Brown beat Bryan Barberena via third-round KO as a +195 underdog. Prop bets for Brown to win in Round 3 (20/1!), inside the distance (5/1) and by KO/TKO (9/1) paid out handsomely.
Brown improved to 11-3 overall and 5-3 in the UFC by winning the welterweight contest. Barberena fell to 14-7 overall and 5-5 in the UFC with his second straight defeat.
The three other fights on the main card went the three-round distance. Andre Ewell defeated Anderson dos Santos, Andrea Lee bested Montana De La Rosa in a women’s flyweight bout and Kevin Holland topped Alessio Di Chirico.
In the lone heavyweight scrap on the 11-fight card, Jairzinho Rozenstruik dropped Allen Crowder with a stiff left jab and then followed-up with a couple of quick shots before the referee intervened after only nine seconds. Rozenstruik won inside the distance (-160), by KO/TKO (-140) and in Round 1 (+155). Gamblers on “under” 1.5 at a -105 price cashed, as did a prop for the fight to end in Round 1 for a +140 return.
After a nearly five-year hiatus, the 35-year-old Matt Wiman made his return to the Octagon to face Luis Pena. The 25-year-old Pena beat Wiman by third-round KO in the lightweight clash. Peña improved to 3-1 in the UFC, while Wiman fell to 10-6 for the promotion.
Rozenstruik earned the other POTN bonus. The prelims opener was a middleweight showdown between Deron Winn and Eric Spicely. Winn dominated early and held on in the end for a unanimous-decision victory (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) as a -350 “chalk.” Winn and Spicely took home an extra $50,000 for Fight of the Night honors.