Sound the alarm. It’s time for another night of Korean zombie fighting.
As for Dan Ige, a successful featherweight contender in one of MMA’s busiest divisions, Chan Sung Jung established himself long ago as the date and main event of UFC Vegas. Saturday 29 should be no different. This is the eighth consecutive event Jung has headlined, dating back to 2012.
Cherish these moments, as Jung admitted that his recent loss to Brian Ortega left some doubt in his mind that he might not continue to fight, and while it may only be a fleeting thought, it is a reminder that Jung is closer to the end. of his career than the middle. Considering we’re likely to see another stand-up war with Ige tonight, who knows how many of those Jung left behind in his legendary career?
Speaking of legendary heavyweight submission specialist, Aleksei Oleinik is aiming for his 60th pro MMA win in the main co-event when he takes on Serghei Spivac. Spivac, 17 years younger than Oleinik, has quietly put together a strong streak in the division with straight wins and three in his last four wins. Beating Oleinik would put Spivac past his fellow hopefuls and once again prevent Oleinik from reaching a rare milestone. Will Oleinik succeed or will he ultimately have to aim for the big 6-0 outside the UFC?
In another main card action bantamweight Marlon Vera and Davey Grant meet in a five-year rematch, featherweights Julian Erosa and Seungwoo Choi look to keep their winning streak alive, Wellington Turman welcomes Bruno Silva to the UFC in a middleweight fight, and veteran welterweight Matt Brown makes an appearance at UFC No.28 when he fights Dhiego Lima.
What: UFC Vegas 29
Or: UFC APEX in Las Vegas
When: Saturday June 19. The event begins with a preliminary six-fight card on ESPN + and ESPN2 at 4 p.m. ET, followed by a six-fight main card at 7 p.m. ET also on ESPN + and ESPN2.
Chan Sung Jung vs. Dan Igé
We’ve reached the point with Dan Ige where it’s not a crazy speech when he says he’s hosting a fight with Chan Sung Jung. I mean, it’s crazy wanting to trade punches with The Korean Zombie, but it’s no longer an unrealistic path to victory for Ige.
Long known for his grappling, Ige has really completed his stand-up game, not only developing legitimate knockout power, but proving he can win a smart hitting battle as well. He’s faced hitters like Calvin Kattar, Edson Barboza and Mirsad Bektic and lived to talk about it. Jung is a different beast though.
Going to war with Jung on purpose just isn’t smart. Brian Ortega and Jose Aldo, two fighters who defeated Jung, did not. They surpassed him and foiled him. Yair Rodriguez went on a bomb festival with Jung, but he only escaped that fight with a victory after landing the craziest buzzer drummer in MMA history. When Jung fights, he usually wins.
So, I hope for Ige he’s just talking about the possibility of a standing junk or he’s playing mind games. Either way, his best path to victory is probably using just enough hitting to keep Jung honest, exhaust him against the fence, and bring the fight to the ground where he can at least neutralize Jung during some stretches.
Much of this is easier said than done, so I’m going with the most obvious result here: Jung and Ige throw each other for three laps before Jung finds a finish in the fourth or fifth.
Alexeï Oleinik v Serghei Spivac
How to approach this one if you are the young Serghei Spivac? On the one hand, a big part of your game depends on taking down your opponents and beating them ground-and-pound or softening them for submissions.
On the other hand, you fight creepy Aleksei Oleinik.
Trying to fight Oleinik directly has never worked for anyone, so Spivac needs to prioritize his strikes over wrestling. He’s been a bit hesitant to pull the trigger since joining the UFC a few years ago, but the potential for quick hitting is there. He should try to emulate the game plan of the last two fighters to defeat Oleinik, Chris Daukaus and Derrick Lewis, and come out of the gates with a shot.
Oleinik generally knows how to take advantage of overly aggressive opponents, dragging them across the mat whether or not they want to fight on the ground, and working his submissive magic from there. Spivac will therefore have to be smart to take advantage of his advantage, lest he be dissected by Oleinik’s methodical struggle.
Spivac has a ton of potential and he’s another big hurdle for Oleinik to reach the 60-win mark, even though the game isn’t stylistically terrible for Oleinik. Still, Spivac should score a knockout here.
Marlon Vera vs. Davey Grant
It would be very 2021 for Marlon Vera to become the next knockout victim of Davey “English Justin Gaethje” Grant.
Seriously, what happened to Grant? Injuries plagued him for years and now at 35 he’s suddenly become a fan-favorite brawler after back-to-back knockouts. This is just not normal. And yet we are there.
As improved as Grant is, nowhere do I see him having the advantage against Vera. “Chito” is younger, has a longer reach, has more power and he has the mental advantage of having beaten Grant before. It could get interesting on the pitch as submissions were Grant’s specialty before he discovered dynamite in his hands, but even there Vera has the superior skills.
I predict Vera hurts Grant in the feet and ends in a submission.
Julian Erosa vs. Seungwoo Choi
This lanky featherweight clash is a sleeper choice for Fight of the Night or we could at least see a fighter earn a finish worthy of Performance of the Night.
If it’s a finish, it’s probably Julian Erosa who gets it. He is the most experienced and patient fighter, which usually suits him well as he seeks to find the perfect shot to end a fight or an opening to defeat his opponent. This can work against him because sometimes he can wait too long for an opening that never comes. This contrasts with Seungwoo Choi who will pick up the pace at the start of it and keep the volume going for three laps.
That choice really depends on whether or not you think Erosa can sideline Choi. Although Choi is somewhat of a wild card at this point in his career, he has made substantial improvements to his defense and that should help him weather the storm against the wary Erosa. There could be some scary moments for the Korean prospect, but Erosa will struggle to seal the deal.
That means we’re going to see the judges and I expect Choi’s constant activity and pressure to win the day there.
Wellington Turman vs. Bruno Silva
I’m predicting some classic middleweight silliness here, which happens when you throw a few lesser-known fighters on the main card like this, including one who is making his UFC debut after not competing for two and a half years. .
It would be Bruno Silva, a defrock of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 who has been waiting for a long time to participate in the UFC since entering the promotion in 2014. Apart from an exhibition loss on this show, “Blindado” has gone 14-1 in the past nine years and he brings a friend of the stand-up style fans at APEX. On the other hand, he’s had some difficulties on the pitch, and that’s where Wellington Turman needs to go if he wants to make things easier on Saturday.
Turman has a great chin, but after the first knockout loss of his career, he shouldn’t be taking too many risks. He’s a strong fighter with good ground skills and he should shoot early and often to keep Silva from getting away with his strike. If he plays, Silva will quickly shut down Turman.
Although Turman has struggled with stiff competition from UFC so far, I love him as a future 185-pound top 15 guy and think he’s going to surprise some people here.
Turman by submission, with the exception of any other strange middleweight event.
Matt Brown vs. Dhiego Lima
Dhiego Lima has performed well as a fighter since his two stints on The ultimate fighter, but I don’t think he has the extra gear to beat Matt Brown. “The Immortal” has been doing this for a long time and it takes more than solid technical skills to put it aside. You must either have the same supernatural tenacity as him or be a high level combat finisher. Lima is neither.
It is possible that Lima will separate Brown with counters. Brown turned 40 this year and it’s logical to assume he’s lost a step. However, he’s got the size to get into Lima’s face and ruin everything, so we have to see how effective Lima is when trained in real aerial combat. I have my doubts.
If Brown is setting the tone, it should be an entertaining fight, whether Brown ends with strikes in the first or second round.
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