Chan Sung Jung vs Dan Ige
June 19, 2021 11:30 pm EDT
The Line: Chan Sung Jung -110 / Dan Ige -110
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Chan Sung Jung (The Korean Zombie) and Dan Ige fight Saturday in UFC Vegas 29 at the UFC Apex. Jung enters this fight with a 16-6 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by submission. Ige enters this fight with a 15-3 record and has won 40 percent of his fights by decision.
Jung has split his last six fights and is coming off an October loss to Brian Ortega. He is averaging 4.15 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 41 percent. Jung is averaging 0.62 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 41 percent.
Jung is coming off a decision loss at UFC Fight Island 6 where he landed 64 total strikes. He was taken down three times and ate 129 total strikes. Jung has now lost three of his five career decisions and hopes to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time since 2010.
The Korean Zombie is a creative striker standing up with a deep background in kickboxing, and he’s highly polished on the ground with a black belt in Judo. A real grinder in this sport, Jung has knockout striking power and has never been finished on the canvas throughout his career. Jung is a black belt in Judo and Taekwondo with a brown belt in BJJ. This will be Jung’s first career fight in Las Vegas.
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Ige has won seven of his last eight fights and is coming off a March win over Gavin Tucker. He is averaging 3.95 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 46 percent. Ige is averaging 1.68 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 27 percent.
Ige is coming off a knockout win at UFC Vegas 21 where he earned performance of the night. The fight lasted less than 30 seconds and Ige only needed to land one right hand to end the fight.
Ige showed there’s knockout pop in his hands. However, Ige is a black belt in BJJ and does some of his best work on the ground or in the clinch. He has a fabulous gas tank that’s helped him win six of his nine career decisions.
Ige has solid defense standing up and has five submission victories in his career. Ige has never been finished in his career. This will be Ige’s third career fight in Las Vegas.
You can make a case for either side here and it’s a tough fight to call honestly. I was originally learning toward The Korean Zombie, but he’s also the older fighter and coming off a tough loss. Ige just put together a confidence boosting victory and jumping right back into the octagon. Ige has some creative striking in his tool box and he could tag Jung with something that will test his sometimes questionable chin.
I lean Ige, but this bout is a complete toss up.