Chan Sung Jung defeated Dan Ige in the main event of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night. With this victory, Jung preserved his chances of getting a chance to fight for the UFC featherweight title.
The Korean Zombie (17-6), as the fans call Jung, won via unanimous decision, with the judges scoring 49-46, 49-46, and 48-47 in his favor.
He would win primarily because of grappling, scoring several takedowns, and being in control in those situations. Not only did Jung pressure Ige (15-4), but he had a few attempts to finish the bout with rear-naked chokes, the best being in the third and the fifth round.
The Korean fighter immediately set the tone in the first round, going hard and attacking from all weapons. Ige suffered a knockdown in the second, but was able to recover and survive. The American got even in the final frame, wobbling Jung, but without a chance to end the fight in those moments because he didn’t have enough power to crack Jung’s resistance.
Overall, the fight was very interesting, with both fighters inflicting blows whenever possible. When looking at the statistics, Jung wasn’t that better in terms of striking, 140-138, but the above-mentioned takedowns were what made the difference.
Following the bout, Ige accepted the defeat without any complaint. He was aware that the better fighter won, admitting that he gave everything, which wasn’t enough.
Jung, on the other side, called out Max Holloway, saying a few words about the former champion. His primary goal is to challenge Alexander Volkanovski, the current champion, but it appears that the veteran would settle for a spectacle with the Blessed.
Jung lost to Brian Ortega via unanimous decision in his previous fight, which was a massive setback in his title plans. After that battle, Ortega booked a spectacle with Volkanovski.
As for Ige, this is the second loss in the last three fights. Formerly, he had six victories and was one of the fastest rising stars in the division. However, this is the second defeat for the 29-year-old in main events, which considerably changed the picture about him. The first one was against Calvin Kattar at the UFC Fight Night 172.
Up next, the UFC brings us Fight Night Gane vs. Volkov next Saturday. This heavyweight bout will probably give us the name of Francis Ngannou’s future challenger. The co-main event will also feature two heavyweights, Tanner Boser and Ovince Saint-Preux.
UFC Apex in Nevada Las Vegas is the venue of this event.