Bad blood and cancellations have only served to hype up this Saturday’s UFC Fight Night main event between Brian Ortega and “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung. The featherweight showdown headlines the action from Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
Ortega has been out of action since losing a shot at then-featherweight champion Max Holloway in December 2018. The loss was the first of Ortega’s career and came via late doctor stoppage in a Fight of the Night war. The fight with Jung was supposed to go down in December 2019, but an Ortega injury delayed the bout.
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Things between the two took an ugly turn in March, when Ortega slapped Jay Park, a Korean rapper and Jung’s occasional interpreter, while attending UFC 248. The incident led to Ortega being escorted from the arena and Park filing of a police report.
After returning from a hiatus driven by his mandatory service in the South Korean military that kept him out of action from August 2013 to February 2017, Jung has gone on a 3-1 run, with the lone loss coming in the literal last second of a fight he was winning on the scorecards against Yair Rodriguez. In his two most recent outings, Jung picked up wins over Renato Moicano and Frankie Edgar.
Here’s the fight card for UFC Fight Night with the latest odds from William Hill Sportsbook.
UFC Fight Night card, odds
|Chan Sung Jung -190||Brian Ortega +160||Featherweight|
|Jessica Andrade -150||Katlyn Chookagian +125||Women’s flyweight|
|Jimmy Crute -330||Modestas Bukauskas +260||Light heavyweight|
|James Krause -160||Claudio Silva +135||Welterweight|
|Thomas Almeida -130||Jonathan Martinez +110||Featherweight|
UFC Fight Night viewing information
Date: Oct. 17 | Start time: 7 p.m. ET
Location: Flash Forum — Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
Jung vs. Ortega: Nearly two years is a long time to be out of action, and coming back against a top-tier featherweight like Jung is a tall order for Ortega. The UFC is unforgiving and fighters are not often given easy fights to gently get back in the swing of the fight game and knock off rust. Jung has looked very good in his four fights since returning, the one bad moment against Rodriguez aside. If Ortega is 100%, Jung will standing across the Octagon from a legitimate high-end featherweight. It’s a tough fight to pick, but Jung doesn’t have to worry about being rusty and finding his footing in the Octagon. This should be a Fight of the Night contender. Pick: Jung via UD
HOW TO WATCH UFC 254 LIVE STREAM, START TIMES, AND MORE
At UFC 254 on October 24, the undisputed lightweight championship of the world will be on the line when Khabib Nurmagomedov looks to add another victory to his perfect 28-0 record as he defends his title for the third time against interim titleholder Justin Gaethje, who is on a tear that has seen him score four consecutive knockouts over James Vick, Edson Barboza, Donald Cerrone and Tony Ferguson.
But now “The Highlight” will face the UFC’s most dominant champion in Nurmagomedov, whose stellar career has seen him defeat the likes of Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier, Rafael Dos Anjos, Edson Barboza and Al Iaquinta. Plus, former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker continues on his road back to the belt when he faces surging contender Jared Cannonier.
How to Stream UFC 254: Khabib vs Gaethje
UFC 254 Fight Card:
- Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Justin Gaethje, lightweight championship
- Robert Whittaker vs Jared Cannonier
- Alexander Volkov vs Walt Harris
- Islam Makhachev vs Rafael dos Anjos
- Cynthia Calvillo vs Lauren Murphy
- Magomed Ankalaev vs Ion Cutelaba
- Stefan Struve vs Tai Tuivasa
- Jacob Malkoun vs Phillip Hawes
- Alex Oliveira vs Shavkat Rahkmonov
- Da-un Ung vs Sam Alvey
- Nathaniel Wood vs Casey Kenney
- Umar Nurmagomedov vs Sergey Morozov
- Liana Jojua vs Miranda Maverick
- Joel Alvarez vs Alexander Yakovlev
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