It has been 1,100 days, or just over 3 years, since Chan Sung Jung, better known as the ‘Korean Zombie’, last fought in the UFC. He was finished in the fourth round of his title fight against Jose Aldo when he dislocated his shoulder after throwing a punch. Aldo smelled blood and kicked the hurt shoulder of Jung, finishing the fight on the ground.
Jung is of Korean descent and brought his all-out brawl style to the states during his days with the WEC. His fights with the likes of Leonard Garcia and Dustin Poirier showed the exciting style ‘The Korean Zombie’ brings to his fights. After his fight with Aldo, Jung chose to do his Conscription or mandatory military service under the Constitution of the Republic of South Korea. He left for basic training on October 20, 2014, and has since been quiet in the MMA game. The UFC made its inaugural stop in his home country with a card filled his fellow countrymen and countrywomen that saw him take a media role in helping promote the card.
As his Conscription comes to an end, one of the most exciting fighters on the UFC roster can soon return to full-time training this October. The owner of four UFC post-fight bonuses and the only Twister submission win in the UFC, a return to the already dangerous list of fighters at 145 pounds is something all fight fans can get excited for. At just 29-years-old, his best fighting years are still ahead of him and high profile fights are still available.
The talented Mexican-American highlight-reel is coming off an impressive five-round Split-Decision win over Alex Caceres in the headlining bout of UFC Fight Night: Salt Lake City. The soon to be 24-year-old has flashy striking, evasive ground skills, and cardio to last an entire five-round fight. With a headliners role already behind him, a fight against ‘The Korean Zombie’ could headline a Korea or Mexico card. The fight could also slot nicely into a Fight Night main card or PPV prelim card.
Rodriguez won his fifth consecutive fight with the win over Caceres. Ranked inside the top 15, fights with guys ahead of him make the most sense after two fights outside the top 15 against Andre Filli and Caceres. With a 3-1 record in the UFC, Jung is just the kind of fight Rodriguez should be looking for to catapult him into the top 10.
The Ultimate Fighter 5 contestant is 19 fights deep in his UFC career with a record of 10-8 with a No-Contest. He’s hit a rough patch without a win since 2014 with a Rear-Naked choke over Sam Sicilia at UFC Fight Night 35. He last fought at UFC 199 with a loss to Alex Caceres by decision. A fight with Miller would be more of a tune-up than any others on this list as the former number one contender Jung will likely be slotted back into the top 10 of this already jam-packed division.
The recent move to Team Alpha Male has been a good one for the longtime Featherweight competitor. He’s inside the top 15 for the first time in his career and a fight with someone ahead of him in the division is where the 32-year-old should be looking. While stylistically a bad matchup for Jung, with a heavy top game and strong submission defense, (1 submission loss inside the UFC) if Elkins can pull a win off it would be the biggest of his career. On the flip side, A good showing against Elkins would prove a lot for Jung with a skill set yet to be seen in the UFC.
Elkins is a winner of three straight fights and four of his last five, all by decision. A UFC fighter since 2010, Elkins has racked up 11 wins in six years with a total cage time of 2:50:39. He currently sits second all-time in Takedowns Landed in the division with 32 over his 13 fights.
The New York-based wrestler called out fellow East Coast trained Frankie Edgar for a fight at the famed UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden on November 12. If that fight can’t come together, a December or January fight with Jung would fit well for a Fight Night card. A win over number 8 ranked Bermudez would put Jung back in the title picture and ready for top 5 fighters right away.
Bermudez won his second straight on the Salt Lake City card with a decision over Rani Yahya in the co-main event. It was his ninth win in eleven fights after losses to Ricardo Lamas and Jeremy Stephens halted a seven-fight win streak. Bermudez is a real player at 145 and the fight with Jung would look good on a title resume.
A sure-fire Fight of the Night would come with a Holloway vs. Jung fight. Holloway is a winner of nine straight and would be taking a risk with a fight against Jung, but it’s a win-win for Jung getting such a high profile fight after being out for two years. This fight would almost certainly be a main or co-main event of any card it might sit on.
Coming off a decision win over former title challenger Ricardo Lamas, a nine-fight win streak usually results in a title shot. With the title picture between Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo undetermined, Holloway is forced to either fight or wait for a shot at the title. He’s called for a shot against Frankie Edgar, a fight that would propel him into the next title contender spot following the coming title unification bout.
Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”
Derek Brunson fought Anderson Silva back in February of this year, at UFC 208. Brunson would go on to lose the fight by controversial unanimous decision. However, the controversies didn’t stop at the questionable decision, Brunson also claims Silva was greasing during the fight. The Wilmington, North Carolina native, posted about it on Twitter a few days ago:
Just make sure you don’t put cooking oil all over your body like Anderson did so it’ll be easy to grab ahold of you @lyotomachidafw 👌
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) October 17, 2017
Speaking with MMA Latest, Brunson explained why he believes Silva was greasing during the fight. “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up. Every time I grabbed him he was just slipping out of everything, and his takedown defense was really good that night. I was definitely curious to know why he was very slippery, which I definitely think he had some kind of substance on his body. He knows I’m a wrestler obviously, he’s an old, savvy veteran, so he was definitely trying to play all the rules and be very strategic, and make it harder for a wrestler to grab him.”
Brunson is set to face Lyoto Machida come October 28, when asked about whether he was worried about Machida greasing, considering Gegard Mousasi accused him of doing so in their fight, Brunson admitted he wasn’t too worried.
“Well I’m not too worried, but like I said, I put it out there because I know they’re friends and I know, obviously, that’s kind of what the guys do when they know they’re fighting a wrestler. They want to lube their body up really good to make it hard to grab hold, Anderson did a great job defending my takedowns. It’s because he was all greased up so he was able to stop a lot of them. When I grab guys in the clinch, it’s very tough for them to get away and I’m pretty good with my Greco takedown. He was pretty much pulling through my clinch when I had a tight grip on him and if you have some kind of substance on your body it’s easy to pull them.”
Neither Silva nor his management have commented on the greasing allegations. Anderson Silva makes his return against Kelvin Gastelum later this year, in China. While Brunson makes his return to the Octagon on October 28th, in Brazil, where he looks to add Lyoto Machida’s name to his impressive list of victories.
Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217
UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.
The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:
— Ovince Saint Preux (@003_OSP) October 19, 2017
It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.
Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.
Fight News update!!
— UFC (@ufc) October 19, 2017
This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.
With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th? Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.
*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results
Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.
Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.
Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)
Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)
Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)
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