The 34-year-old has made no secret concerning his future in skilled combined martial arts, revealing his downward spiral following his October loss to incoming featherweight title chaser, Brian Ortega — explaining how he had gained fairly a major quantity of weight, 20kg, the truth is, following the fairly complete resolution defeat. As Jung put it, he hit the bottom of lows professionally. “The thought that my profession had crashed introduced me right down to all-time low,” Jung stated
He’s in a sure limbo-esque state of affairs in the intervening time. Since his return to the UFC again in February of 2017, he’s established a 3-2 document, which very simply may have been 4-1. Blasting his manner again to the plenty, Jung stopped the spectacular, Dennis Bermudez with a primary spherical knockout in his comeback.
In November the next yr, Jung met with the #3 ranked, Yair Rodriguez in a high-profile, UFC Combat Evening Denver headliner within the group’s anniversary occasion, and regardless of taking all 5 rounds on every of the three decide’s scorecards, the Pohang native was clipped with a massively progressive, upward elbow from Rodriguez with a single second remaining within the combat, stealing Jung’s victory and lodging his personal Knockout of the Yr.
It was one other devastating defeat for Jung, given the straightforward incontrovertible fact that he was a mere second away from a large win over the highly-touted Rodriguez.
Compelled to rebound for the primary time since a 2013 title problem loss to Jose Aldo, Jung met the then-surging Renato Moicano and relatively comfortably dispatched the Brazilian inside the opening minute with a formidable end on the ft.
Headlining as soon as extra, this time in a South Korea homecoming, Jung finally stood reverse short-notice substitute, former light-weight champion, Frankie Edgar at UFC Combat Evening Busan in December of 2019 — and with a win, would prime himself for a title-eliminator reverse initially slated opponent, Ortega. Inside three minutes and alter, Jung had stopped Toms River favorite, Edgar, fairly emphatically once more — exhibiting off a few of his missed grappling capacity as nicely.
With UFC 251 internet hosting Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway II final July — October, and Abu Dhabi, UAE once more, would host one other high-stakes featherweight matchup; Brian Ortega vs. Chan Sung Jung.
Transparently billed as a title-eliminator between the 2, Ortega made his first Octagon journey since a devastating physician’s stoppage loss to then-champion, Holloway again in December 2018 — and sporting a brand new staff, and a braid-less do, swept apart Jung over the course of 5 gruelling rounds, the ultimate two of which Jung brazenly admitted he couldn’t bear in mind, off the again of a thunderous spinning again elbow Ortega within the third — dropping him.
In opposition to Ige, Jung is confronted with an all too related state of affairs. Ought to he have bested Rodriguez in November of 2018, you may wager your backside greenback the UFC would have tried to insert him into the title image. Faltering, fairly spectacularly regarding the technique, Jung was in limbo.
Faltering towards Ortega final Autumn, Jung was as soon as extra in limbo consequently. A two-fight rise over Moicano and Edgar had been halted, as had his title aspirations.
Final July, Haleiwa native, Ige was tasked with fixing the immense placing puzzle introduced by New England Cartel technician, Calvin Kattar — one through which he didn’t contained in the sanctioned 5 spherical restrict. Ige would go on to rebound in fairly breathtaking trend with a staggering 22-second KO over Gavin Tucker in March, whereas Kattar would endure a bludgeoning by the hands of Holloway in Janaury of this yr. Troublesome viewing.
The victory over Canadian standout, Tucker would see Ige occupy the #8 rank at featherweight, having laid prior foundations with wins over Mike Santiago, Jordan Griffin, Danny Henry, Kevin Aguilar, Mirsad Bektic, and in April of final yr, took dwelling a razor-thin, highly-contentious cut up judging win over Edson Barboza in Jacksonville, Florida.
Undoubtedly, aside from Barboza, who managed to drop Ige in fairly well timed trend along with his arms again within the ‘Sunshine State’ final yr, Ige faces probably the most harmful placing puzzle to resolve to this point, by way of penalties. Jung has notched eight submission wins, however his placing prowess, which has served him to 6 different knockouts has actually emerged in his later years. Nonetheless, the sturdiness on present in his tight win over Barboza will serve Ige towards Jung nonetheless, however heavy reliance on that grit can’t lead to a wayward strategy from the Eric Nicksick product.
Perhaps foolishly, however I personally didn’t envision Ortega taking the higher hand within the placing exchanges towards Jung final October, by no means thoughts the truth that he didn’t even try and utilise his feared grappling prowess. Jung appeared like a deer within the headlights once in a while towards Ortega, and towards Hawaii striker, Ige, who’s somebody who can load up traps and feints on cue, freezing Jung for so long as this combat lasts is an actual risk.
Switching off the ‘Zombie’ is way simpler stated than completed. In opposition to Rodriguez, it was the perfectly-placed strike. In opposition to George Roop, it was a brisk high-kick. And towards, Aldo, it was a flurry of floor strikes after Jung suffered a shoulder harm. That’s it. Throughout a 22-fight profession, that’s the checklist of fighters who’ve managed to complete him.
Ige’s capacity to arrange these fairly elusive and telling traps towards Jung makes me lean towards him in his these placing eventualities — that are prone to come thick and quick. It’s fairly the fascinating stylistic matchup on paper, and with the seemingly downward trajectory of Jung in comparison with the oncoming Ige, I’m selecting the latter to win a placing duel between the 2 over the course of 5 rounds.
Prediction: Dan Ige def. Chan Sung Jung by way of resolution
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