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Renato Moicano vs. Chan Sung Jung - 6/22/19 UFC Fight Night 154 Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Renato Moicano vs. Chan Sung Jung
Date & Time Saturday June 22, 2019, 9:30 PM (EDT)
Location
Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Greenville, South Carolina
The Line
The Line: Jung +186 / Moicano -214 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ESPN+
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Renato Moicano and Chan Sung Jung fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 154 at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

Renato Moicano enters this fight with a 13-2-1 record and has won 54 percent of his fights by decision. Moicano has won five of his last seven fights and is coming off a February loss to Jose Aldo. Moicano is averaging 5.71 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 47 percent. Moicano is averaging 1.27 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 55 percent. Moicano is coming off an upset loss in the second round were he was rushed with combinations that all started with a big left hand. It’s the second loss from Moicano in his last four fights and both of his losses have been finishes. Moicano is an athletic fighter who has displayed good accuracy in his strikes and lands 95 percent of his shots standing up. Moicano is most known for his ground game, as he’s aggressive and accurate with his takedowns, and all 13 of his wins have come by decision or submission. Moicano is averaging nearly 12 minutes per fight and over a takedown per 15 minutes, so he’s built for the long game and is well conditioned to be effective in the money rounds. Moicano is a slippery, lengthy fighter who is hard to get comfortable against. This will be Moicano’s fifth career fight in the United States.

Chan Sung Jung enters this fight with a 14-5 record and has won 57 percent of his fights by submission. Jung has split his last 10 fights and is coming off a November loss to Yair Rodriguez. Jung is averaging 4.12 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 39 percent. Jung is averaging 0.81 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 42 percent. Jung is coming off a heartbreaking loss where he would have been rewarded a five round decision victory but ended up eating an elbow with a second left on the clock. It’s one of the most bizarre finishes you’ll ever see in MMA, and it’s going to be interesting to see how Jung responds, especially after he had the fight in his back pocket. Either way, Jung has shown that the ability is still there and you can put to bed any questions about the ridiculously long layoff, as he should be 2-0 since his return. Jung is still the 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. This will be Jung’s seventh career fight in the United States.

This should be a fun fight and it has an interesting storyline with both fighters coming off a tough loss. Moicano just blew a possible title shot after getting pieced up by Aldo, while Jung couldn’t survive just one more second and fell victim to one of the craziest knockouts in UFC history. This could be a mental battle more than a physical, as who can put things behind them and put together a winning performance. Honestly, the plus money with Jung is calling my name. He’s just a gamer who doesn’t go down easily and will probably take that pressure that Aldo put on Moicano and put in into his game plan. Jung also has an edge on the canvas both with his ground and pound as well as his submission game. Moicano just isn’t somebody I’m looking to lay big juice with, especially against somebody who always shows up and makes things competitive.

Give me the Korean Zombie with the sweet price.

Pick:
Chan Sung Jung +186

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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