Sports Ortega cruises to decision over 'Korean Zombie' in UFC main event

06:20  18 october  2020
06:20  18 october  2020 Source:   thescore.com

3 takeaways from UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. 'Korean Zombie'

  3 takeaways from UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. 'Korean Zombie' Featherweight contender Brian Ortega beat Chan Sung Jung via unanimous decision in the UFC Fight Night main event Saturday at Flash Forum in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Here are three takeaways from the event. Y'all must have forgot This goes for me, too. Two years is an eternity in mixed martial arts. That's how long it had been since Ortega last stepped into the Octagon. And Ortega lost his most recent fight, a title challenge against then-champion Max Holloway at UFC 231 in December 2018, in devastating fashion.Ortega was a +170 underdog against "The Korean Zombie," and most pundits predicted the latter would walk away with the victory.

UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. The Korean Zombie (also known as UFC Fight Night 180, UFC on ESPN+ 38 and UFC Fight Island 6) is an ongoing mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting

Way too many come over at the end of their careers, rather than making their way through the ranks where they can fight and train with the best. Shoot, I thought the UFC didn't want to risk TKZ in Mexico City so they can gaurantee his presence in Busan during December. If Ortega vs TKZ is going

After nearly two years away, Brian Ortega returned to the Octagon with a vengeance.

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The former featherweight title challenger put on a masterclass performance in the UFC Fight Night main event against Chan Sung Jung, defeating him via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) on Saturday night at Flash Forum in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Ortega, who hadn't competed since a December 2018 loss to then-champion Max Holloway, dominated the contest from start to finish. "T-City" is best known as a grappler but showed off improved striking skills against Jung, picking apart his opponent from the outside for most of the fight.

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UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs The Korean Zombie live results, winner interviews, and more from UFC Fight Island. In honor of Khamzat Chimaev's 10 day turnaround for his fight against Gerald Meerschaert at UFC Vegas, we look back at the Top 5 fastest turnarounds in UFC history.

Fight card. Main event / MATCH 11. Brian Ortega -‘ Korean Zombie ’ Winner Likely for Next UFC Featherweight Title Shot. By: Tristen Critchfield The UFC Fight Night 180 headliner between Brian Ortega and Chan Sung Jung will serve as a No. 1 contender bout for the featherweight division.

The biggest moment came in the second round when Ortega dropped Jung with a brutal elbow. "The Korean Zombie" was badly hurt but recovered and starting throwing punches of his own. Ortega took him down and ended the round in a dominant position. He briefly dropped Jung in the opening frame, too.

Ortega mixed up his striking, using punches and kicks to outpoint Jung through five rounds. He also faked several takedowns to set up combinations, seemingly confusing his opponent, who constantly walked forward but refused to pull the trigger at times.

Jung had a three-inch reach advantage but Ortega seemed like the longer fighter. The 29-year-old constantly landed strikes from the outside while Jung struggled to find his range.

With the victory, No. 2 Ortega bounced back from a TKO loss to Holloway at UFC 231 and proved he's better than ever before. His record moved to 15-1.

UFC president Dana White said earlier this week the winner of Saturday's main event will face champion Alexander Volkanovski.

Jung, the No. 4-ranked featherweight contender, saw his two-fight winning streak come to an end.

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Report: UFC 254 earns 675K pay-per-view buys .
Saturday's UFC 254 generated 675,000 pay-per-view buys, sources told Sports Business Journal. 500,000 of those buys reportedly came in the United States on ESPN+. In the main event, Khabib Nurmagomedov (29-0) retained the lightweight title with a second-round submission of interim champ Justin Gaethje. Nurmagomedov announced his retirement from mixed martial arts after the win. The show took place at Flash Forum in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, capping off a five-week stretch on "Fight Island." The UFC 254 main card started at 2 p.m. ET, eight hours earlier than the regular start time for a pay-per-view event.

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