Jung enters this bout with his back to the wall, which is a rough turn of events considering he was closing in on a title shot just last year. Now, the 34-year-old veteran is looking to avoid consecutive losses, which would (perhaps permanently) eject him from the Featherweight title mix. Conversely, Ige is younger in both age and his career. He’s just recently climbed into the ranks last year, and though he did suffer his own main event defeat in 2020, Ige has already rebounded and appears ready to make another run.
The largest favorite in the UFC Fight Night: Zombie vs Ige odds comes in the featured prelim fight of the night in the light heavyweight division as Aleksa Camur is a sizable -250 favorite over Nicolae Negumereanu (+200). The tightest betting line comes from the middleweight main card fight between Bruno Silva (-125) and Wellington Turman (+105).
You don’t get the nickname “50K,” the cash award for fight bonuses, if you’re putting on boring fights. He is a well-rounded fighter, averaging 3.95 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 3.36. He also averages 1.68 takedowns per 15 minutes.
Zombie looks to bounce back after having his two-fight winning streak snapped in his last outing by Brian Ortega, the man who is fighting for the belt next. A loss here will really hurt Chan Sung Jung’s chances of getting another title shot.
A similar story can be written about Dan Ige, who had a close decision loss to Calvin Kattar. He was only one fight away from getting a title fight, but rebounded with a one-punch knockout in his last outing in March.
A former fighter who’s been in the industry for 15 years, Parker has managed some of the world’s best, including former UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman, Costas Philippou and Gian Villante. Parker trained alongside UFC Hall of Famer Matt Serra. Now, Parker breaks down fights and makes betting picks for the Voice of the UFC, Jon Anik.
Parker is coming off a mind-boggling 2020 season.
Former champion Max Holloway, who is now ranked No. 1 despite a pair of close decision losses to Volkanovski, is set to face third-ranked Yair Rodriguez next month. The winner of Saturday’s bout will likely face the winner of Holloway vs. Rodriguez in a title elimination fight.
Jung (16-6) earned his nickname “The Korean Zombie” in large part because of his reputation for withstanding severe punishment in order to deliver some of his own. His skill set also improved drastically along the way and he was climbing the UFC rankings before suffering a lopsided, five-round decision loss to Ortega in October.
That loss took away some of his momentum because Ortega dominated in almost every aspect of the fight, leaving some observers to wonder whether Jung was still a notch below world-class status.
UFC Fight Night: The Korean Zombie vs. Ige odds
Chan Sung Jung (-110) vs. Dan Ige (-110)
Sergey Spivak (-220) vs. Aleksei Oleinik (+190)
Tim Means (-185) vs. Danny Roberts (+165)
Marlon Vera (-220) vs. Davey Grant (+190)
Aleksa Camur (-250) vs. Nicolae Negumereanu (+210)
Bruno Silva (-145) vs. Wellington Turman (+125)
Khaos Williams (-170) vs. Matthew Semelsberger (+150)
Dhiego Lima (-170) vs. Matt Brown (+150)
Virna Jandiroba (-145) vs. Kanako Murata (+125)
Seung Woo Choi (-140) vs. Julian Erosa (+120)
Josh Parisian (-130) vs. Roque Martinez (+110)
Joaquim Silva (-120) vs. Rick Glenn (+100)
Lara Procopio (-145) vs. Casey O’Neill (+125)
After stumbling in his most recent trip to the Octagon, “Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung returns to action on Saturday night in Las Vegas when he faces Dan Ige in the main event of UFC Fight Night. In a featherweight division thin on clearly established title challengers, the winner of the fight between Jung and Ige could be placed into the picture as a challenger for the winner of the September clash between champion Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega.
Jung is one of the most exciting fighters in UFC history. In his nine trips to the Octagon, Jung has won eight post-fight bonuses. After mandatory military service sidelined his career from August 2013 to February 2017, Jung got right back into the swing of things, going on a 3-1 run heading into his most recent fight. That fight would go the wrong way for Jung, as Ortega used slick boxing to dominate the fight.