BUSAN, South Korea — The UFC’s final card of the last decade showcased an thrilling South Korean in his native nation in opposition to one of many sport’s legends in Frankie Edgar.
When it was all mentioned and executed, it was Chan Sung Jung who took benefit of the chance.
Jung, identified by the nickname “The Korean Zombie,” is ESPN’s No. Eight-ranked featherweight. He solidified himself as a legit title contender. Edgar, in the meantime, will now face questions on his short- and long-term future.
And within the co-main occasion, No. Eight-ranked gentle heavyweight Volkan Oezdemir picked up a wanted win in opposition to one of many division’s hottest prospects in No. 10 Aleksandar Rakic.
Let’s check out who needs to be subsequent for the highest names from UFC South Korea.
Chan Sung Jung was elated to have a good time victory in his first combat in South Korea in additional than 11 years. Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Getty Photographs
Chan Sung Jung, featherweight
Outcome: Defeats Frankie Edgar by first-round TKO
Who needs to be subsequent: Zabit Magomedsharipov
The Korean Zombie is able to combat for a title now. Sadly for him, Max Holloway is without doubt one of the best featherweights of all time and deserves an instantaneous rematch in opposition to Alexander Volkanovski, who ended Holloway’s title reign with a unanimous-decision win in UFC 245.
Within the meantime, it will be a real No. 1 contender combat for Jung if he confronted Zabit. Ranked No. 6 by ESPN, Magomedsharipov has regarded unbeatable at instances. The Zombie appears higher than ever at age 32. It is a marquee combat that ought to headline a card within the spring.
Frankie Edgar, featherweight
Outcome: Loses to Chan Sung Jung by first-round TKO
Who needs to be subsequent: Rob Font
This loss, though fairly drastic, does not change a complete lot, for my part. Frankie is the kind of man to at all times bounce at a combat even when it is a short-notice combat in opposition to a featherweight who’s on the prime of his sport midway internationally in that fighter’s South Korean yard.
You can also make the case Edgar ought to by no means have taken this combat, nevertheless it additional proves the perfect weight class for Edgar is 135 kilos.
I do not know if Edgar will make his technique to a title shot at 135, however I believe he might have one thing to supply the division. That mentioned, Cory Sandhagen is just too robust an opponent for his 135 debut. Font has a enjoyable boxing-heavy model, and that is a great combat for Edgar.
All fights from UFC Battle Evening: Egdar vs. Korean Zombie can be found to look at on ESPN+.
• Frankie Edgar vs. Chan Sung Jung
• Volkan Oezdemir vs. Aleksandar Rakic
• Dooho Choi vs. Charles Jourdain
• Da Un Jung vs. Mike Rodriguez
• Jun Yong Park vs. Marc-Andre Barriault
• Kyung Ho Kang vs. Liu Pingyuan
• Ciryl Gane vs. Tanner Boser
• Seungwoo Choi vs. Suman Mokhtarian
• Dong Hyun Ma vs. Omar Morales
• Alexandre Pantoja vs. Matt Schnell
• Raoni Barcelos vs. Mentioned Nurmagomedov
• Miranda Granger vs. Amanda Lemos
• Alateng Heili vs. Ryan Benoit
Watch the whole card on ESPN+
Volkan Oezdemir, gentle heavyweight
Outcome: Beats Aleksandar Rakic by cut up resolution
Who needs to be subsequent: Thiago Santos
It is a easy technique of elimination. Nearly everybody within the prime 10 within the gentle heavyweight division already has a combat booked. Santos would love a rematch with Jon Jones, however I might love $1 million — it isn’t going to occur. Santos must win a combat to get one other title shot, and Oezdemir, though this combat was very shut, has proven actual enchancment in his previous two fights. Plus an Oezdemir-Santos combat affords a variety of knockout upside. It is an entertaining matchup.
Aleksandar Rakic, gentle heavyweight
Outcome: Loses to Volkan Oezdemir by cut up resolution
Who needs to be subsequent: Jacare Souza
This may really feel like feeding Jacare to the wolves, however that is the place he is at in his profession. He is coming off a lackluster loss to Jan Blachowicz. Rakic is a harmful combat for Jacare, nevertheless it affords a ton of upside.
If Jacare desires to proceed his profession, the one cause to do it will be to chase that UFC title he is by no means had. Accepting a combat in opposition to Rakic, whereas harmful, is one of the simplest ways to get on that path.
And for Rakic, it is a big-time identify on the résumé.