Following the biggest card (and attendance) since before the pandemic started last weekend in Arizona at UFC 263, we return to Las Vegas for back-to-back weekends of fights before UFC 264: Poirier vs. McGregor 3 goes off at T-Mobile Arena.
With heavyweights Aleksei Oleinik and Sergey Spivak battling it out on the co-main, a pair of top 10 featherweights will face off in the main event in the form of Chan Sung Jung and Dan Ige.
Both having recent stumbles, one is poised to regain their footing and move up in the ranks. Which One?
Let’s take a closer look.
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Chan Sung Jung
Betting Profile: Chan Sung Jung (16-6-0)
Last Five Fights
Chan Sung Jung (aka The Korean Zombie) was once thought to be the future of the featherweight division, fighting for the belt in just his fourth UFC fight (vs. Jose Aldo). Following that fight, Sung Jung was forced to withdraw from fighting and take a 3+ year hiatus from the sport to serve his mandatory military obligations for his home South Korea.
Since returning, he has seen mixed results going 3-2, but his style has remained the same, as only one fight has gone the distance and two making it out of the first round.
A slugger in every sense of the word, Sung Jung absorbs 4.01 strikes per minute and lands 4.15, both near the top of his division.
Betting Profile: Dan Ige (15-3-0)
Last Five Fights
Since joining the UFC in 2018, Ige has a steady flow of wins (8-2), but none over the type of opponents that move him in the ranks. In his only prior fight as the main event (July 2020), Ige went five rounds with Calvin Kattar, ultimately losing by decision.
A collegiate wrestler and Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Ige has a propensity for taking fights to the ground. A closer look at the metrics shows that it proves to be a successful approach.
Per every 15 minutes inside the octagon, Ige boasts 1.68 takedowns and .5 submissions.
This fight is interesting for many reasons, but notably, the contrast in fighting styles both fighters live (and die) by. As the saying goes, styles make fights.
In this fight, I like The Korean Zombie to overwhelm a typically more timid Ige early as he looks to continue his comeback tour and set himself up for a Pay-Per-View card with a win in this one.
Pick: Chan Sung Jung +105
Top Prop Bet
With just one fight going the distance during his time in the UFC (a loss), I expect an urgency from Sung Jung to end this one before the final bell. While I think it comes down to his striking, I expect Ige to do everything in his power to take this one to the ground, knowing he can’t return the same level of damage on his feet.
Taking this bet gives us an out on both occasions.
Pick: Chan Sung Jung by KO/TKO or Submission (+210)
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