Chan Sung Jung vs. Yair Rodriguez UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 11/10/18
Yair Rodriguez vs. Chan Sung Jung
UFC: Saturday, November 10, 2018 (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Rodriguez +118 / Jung -132 -- Over/Under: 2.5 See the Latest Odds
Chan Sung Jung and Yair Rodriguez fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 139 at the Pepsi Center.
Chan Sung Jung enters this fight with a 14-4 record and has won eight of his fights by submission. Jung has won four his last five fights and is coming off a February victory over Dennis Bermudez. Jung is averaging 3.78 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 38.2 percent. Jung is averaging 1.12 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 71.4 percent. Jung has just one fight under his belt since 2013, as he was forced to take a break from the sport due to military leave in South Korea. However, Jung didn’t miss a beat in his return, as he landed 17 significant strikes and produced a first round knockout, earning performance of the night. Jung has a deep background in kickboxing with obvious knockout potential and a proven chin, but he’s also polished enough on the canvas to force eight submissions. Jung is a balanced fighter who can fly up the rankings if he continues to finish fights the way he has recently. This will be Jung’s sixth career fight in the United States.
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Yair Rodriguez enters this fight with a 11-2 record and has won 45 percent of his fights by decision. Rodriguez has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a May (2017) loss to Frankie Edgar. Rodriguez is averaging 3.86 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 43 percent. Rodriguez is averaging 1.3 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 40 percent. Rodriguez is coming off his first career loss under the UFC banner, as he was knocked out for the second time in his career. Rodriguez now hopes to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time and is fighting for the first time in about a year and a half. It’s going to be interesting to see if there’s any rust with the young Mexican, as he usually takes two fights a year. Rodriguez was supposed to fight Zabit Magomedsharipov in UFC 228, but he pulled out due to injury. Rodriguez is 26 years old, quite an athlete and likes to pressure his opponents with a variety of strikes. Rodriguez can be a bit wild at times and does have holes in his defense, but he’s produced knockouts in two of his last three victories and is always a threat with his spinning attacks. Rodriguez also has an improved ground game and is slowly becoming more of a balanced fighter. This will be Rodriguez’s second career fight in Colorado.
Who knows what to expect from Rodriguez given the amount of time he’s been out of the octagon and the fact he was tagged over and over the last time we saw him. Jung didn’t skip a beat despite being gone for years, and it was such a convincing win that you have confidence in the South Korean moving forward. Jung has a little more balance to his fighting style and could make Rodriguez very uncomfortable with takedown attempts, taking away his strength in his stand up.
I like Chan Sung Jung to get the victory here.