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.
*Live Updates* UFC Winnipeg Official Results
The UFC returns to Canada for the final Fight Night card of 2017. In the cold of Winnipeg, Manitoba, the UFC will host eleven of the originally twelve scheduled fights. Unfortunately, Tim Elliot will not fight in the north country. His scheduled opponent, Pietro Menga, a newcomer to the promotions roster, failed to make weight after taking the bout with just over a weeks notice.
An exciting main card will be capped off with a potential contender eliminator bout featuring, Robbie Lawler and Rafael Dos Anjos. The former champions (Lawler at welterweight, Dos Anjos at lightweight) both put together impressive win streaks which dispatched top contenders in their respective divisions. Elsewhere on the main card, Santiago Ponzinibbio takes on the outspoken Mike Perry.
The card begins on UFC Fight Pass at 4:30/1:30 ETPT.
UFC Winnipeg Official Results:
MAIN CARD – FOX – 8PM/5PM ETPT
- #2 Robbie Lawler (28-11) vs. #4 Rafael Dos Anjos (27-9) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Rafael Dos Anjos def. Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
- #3 Ricardo Lamas (18-5) vs. Josh Emmett (12-1) – Catchweight bout (148.5 lbs)
- Result: Josh Emmett def. Ricardo Lamas via KO (punch) 4:33 round 1
- #10 Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3) vs. Mike Perry (11-1) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Mike Perry via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- #3 Glover Teixeira (26-6) vs. #7 Misha Cirkunov (13-3) – Light Heavyweight bout
- Result: Glover Teixeira def. Misha Cirkunov via TKO (punches) 2:45 round 1
PRELIMINARY CARD – FS1 – 5PM/2PM ETPT
- #14 Jared Cannonier (10-2) vs #15 Jan Blachowicz (20-7) – Light Heavyweight bout
- Result: Jan Blachowicz def. Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Julian Marquez (6-1) vs. Darren Stewart (7-2) – Middleweight bout
- Result: Julian Marquez def. Darren Stewart via submission (standing guillotine) 2:42 round 2
- Chad Laprise (13-2) vs. Galore Bofando (5-2) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Chad Laprise def. Galore Bofando via TKO (punches) 4:10 round 1
- Nordine Taleb (13-4) vs Danny Roberts (14-2) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Nordine Taleb def. Danny Roberts via KO (head kick and punch) :59 round 1
- John Makdessi (14-6) vs Abel Trujillo (15-7) – Lightweight bout
- Result: John Makdessi def. Abel Trujillo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Alessio Di Chirico (10-2) vs Oluwale Bamgbose (6-3) – Middleweight bout
- Result: Alessio Di Chirico def. Oluwale Bamgbose via KO (knee) 2:14 round 2
EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC FIGHT PASS – 4:30PM/1:30PM ETPT
- Jordan Mein (29-12) vs. Erick Silva (19-8) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Jordan Mein def. Erick Silva via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-26)
Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando
The UFC has now added more bouts to the front end of their 2018 schedule. Gilbert Burns (13-2, 5-2 UFC) will face Olivier Aubin-Mercier (10-2, 6-2 UFC) in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.
— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) December 14, 2017
Alongside a few other high-profile fight announcements, is the addition to the UFC Orlando, Florida card. The two lightweights will join Jake Collier and Marcin Prachnio, as the second fight set for the event.
It has been a while since the UFC hosted an event in the state of Florida. Last seen by the Floridians was UFC on Fox: Texeira vs. Evans, on April 16, 2016 in Tampa Bay. The card was a success, despite the cancellation of its planned main event between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Drawing a gate of $1.05 million and 2.13 million viewers.
Gilbert Burns signed with the UFC after accumulating an undefeated record of 8-0. His first loss came in his home country of Brazil, as Rashid Magomedov defeated him via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3, in November of 2015.
In his most recent bout, Burns defeated Jason Saggo by KO with five seconds remaining in the second round at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch.
Aubin-Mercier will come into the contest as a winner in his last three bouts. The Canadian fighter trains out of the Tristar gym, alongside legends such as Georges St. Pierre and head coach, Firas Zahabi.
In 2011, Aubin-Mercier was chosen to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Nations. Competing in the welterweight bracket, he became a finalist by defeating both, Jake Mathews (unanimous decision) and Richard Walsh (rear naked choke). In the finale, Aubin-Mercier lost to Chad Laprise by split decision.
UFC Orlando will take place at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.
Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem
Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida is officially booked to headline UFC Belem in Brazil.
Following his unanimous decision victory over Markus Perez on last weekends, UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Swanson, undefeated middleweight, Eryk Anders, called for the match-up with former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida. The UFC heard, and obliged.
First reported by The MMA Kings (@mma_kings.)
EXCLUSIVE: My sources tell me that Eryk Anders (@erykanders) has gotten his wish. He'll headline UFC Fight Night: Belem against Lyoto Machida (@lyotomachidafw) in Brazil. Ask and you shall receive. #UFC pic.twitter.com/qX62A9qH6k
— The MMA Kings (Nolan King) (@mma_kings) December 14, 2017
Anders holds a 2-0 undefeated record in the UFC. The Alabama native made his promotional debut against Rafael Nata in July of this year. A bout he took on short notice, replacing Alessio di Chirico whom withdrew from the fight due to a neck injury. Anders defeated Natal by knockout in the first round that night at UFC Long Island.
Prior to his indoctrination to MMA, the undefeated middleweight played for the University of Alabama football team, between 2006-2009.
Machida recently returned to the UFC roster after an 18-month suspension handed down by USADA, stemming from a failed out-of-competition test leading up to his April 2016 contest against Dan Henderson.
In his return to the octagon, Machida faced Derek Brunson in the main-event of the UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “The Dragon” lost the bout via first round KO.
UFC Belem, Brazil is scheduled for February 3rd, 2018, at the Mangueirinho Arena. The card will also feature the flyweight debut for Valentina Shevchenko as she faces Priscila Cachoeira.
- Opinion2 months ago
A list of fighters who fought Michael Bisping – while on steroids
- Interviews2 months ago
Sage Northcutt on Moving to Sacramento and Life at Team Alpha Male
- BAMMA1 month ago
BAMMA 32: Official Results and Live Stream
- Interviews2 months ago
Tim Means on Lawsuit Against Supplement Companies “I’m Going to Shut Them Down”
- Cage Warriors2 months ago
EXCLUSIVE: Matt Inman Talks Cage Warriors 87, His Love For Fighting And Craig White Possibly Tiring Himself Out.
- Interviews1 week ago
Exclusive: Alexander Gustafsson eyeing summer 2018 return- wants title shot next
- Interviews2 months ago
Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”
- Bellator2 months ago
Exclusive: Ilima-Lei Macfarlane- from beating ‘Soccer Mom’ to potentially making history