Chan Sung ‘The Korean Zombie’ Jung remained in the featherweight title mix Saturday night thanks to a unanimous-decision win over Dan ’50K’ Ige in the UFC on ESPN 25 headliner from the APEX Facility in Las Vegas.
TKZ won by scores of 48-47, 49-46 and 49-46 to bounce back from a UD loss to Brian ‘T-City’ Ortega. The fourth-ranked Jung improved to 17-6 overall and 7-3 in the UFC. The 34-year-old South Korean is 4-2 since returning to the sport after a fulfilling a three-year military obligation back in his home country.
Ige has lost two of his past three scraps after ripping off a six-fight winning streak. He came into the bout ranked eighth in the 145-pound loop.
TKZ hooked up his betting supporters as a +125 underdog. I’d like to see him back in the Octagon next against ninth-ranked Edson Barboza, who is 2-1 since dropping down to featherweight but should be 3-0 if not for a horrific split-decision loss to Ige that the judges whiffed on last summer in Jacksonville.
I’d be down to see Ige return against unbeaten Bryce Mitchell, who has been sidelined with a broken hand but should be ready to return this fall. Shane Burgos is another matchup that would work for Ige, especially with both fighters coming off losses.
In the co-main event, Sergey Spivak captured a UD victory over Aleksei ‘The Boa Constrictor’ Oliynyk as a -300 favorite. Spivak has won three consecutive fights to improve to 13-2 overall and 4-2 in the UFC. Oliynyk has dropped three straight fights since beating Maurice Green and Fabricio Werdum early in 2020.
Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera won a UD over Davey Grant in a bantamweight showdown, leaving Grant a bloody mess from standing strikes and ground-and-pound punishment. The judges scored it 29-27, 29-28 and 30-26 with a pair of them giving Vera a 10-8 round in the third.
Seung Woo Choi collected a Performance of the Night bonus for $50,000 thanks to a first-round knockout win over Julian Erosa in 97 seconds. In a middleweight tussle, Bruno Silva KO’d Wellington Turman with only 15 seconds remaining in the opening stanza.
The 40-year-old Matt Brown avoided a three-fight losing streak by finishing Dhiego Lima with a one-punch KO thanks to a powerful right midway through the second round.
Brown pulled into a first-place tie with Derrick ‘The Black Beast’ Lewis for most KOs in UFC history with 12. He made his 28th career walk to the Octagon, which is in a tie for the eighth-most in the promotion’s history. Brown is third in UFC history with 14 finishes, trailing only Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone (16) and Charles ‘Do Bronx’ Oliveira.
‘The Immortal’s 16 wins in the welterweight division are the second-most behind only Neil Magny’s 18. Brown’s 14 finishes are the most in the 170-pound loop and he collected a POTN bonus for an extra 50 large, tying him with Carlos Condit, Vicente Luque and ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson for the most fight-night bonuses in welterweight history.
There’s been a lot of recent discussion about Nick Diaz returning to the Octagon later this year. With Brown back in the win column, I think he’d be a great style matchup for Diaz.