The UFC returns to Busan, South Korea for the first time since 2015. The fight card is in the early stages of development, but already the card is shaping up nicely to be a solid return to Asia for the company.
A son of South Korea headlines the card, Chan sung Jung, affectionately nicknamed the Korean Zombie. He has never fought in Korea under the UFC banner, the last time he fought professionally in Korea was in 2008 at Korea FC.
The Korean Zombie gained notoriety for having outright barn burners back in the day; fights with Dustin Poirier and his battles with fellow wildman Leonard Garcia. Over the years Zombie has sharpened up his hands and finishes his opponents with professionalism; Dennis Bermudez, Renato Moicano, and the quick work he made of Mark Hominick. Even when he loses, his fights are nothing short of stellar. Zombie lost to Jose Aldo due to a dislocated shoulder, and got dropped by Yair Rodriguez with a reverse elbow in the final second of the final round.
Whatever happens, Zombie will surely bring the fire to South Korea.
(Korean Zombie drops Moicano in the First Round. Photo cred: Getty Images)
In the blue corner, Brian Ortega returns to the Octagon after a long layoff following a Doctor Stoppage to Max Holloway.
Ortega brought a vicious ground game to the Octagon, using Gracie Combatives to strangle his opponents on his way to his title shot. He finished notable mainstays; Cub Swanson and Diego Brandao, as well as finishing up and comer Renato Moicano with a guillotine. Ortega has been working on his striking, it is simple and effective. He uses his long limps to throw folding elbows and uppercuts from the floor. He has knockout wins to his name; Clay Guida, Thiago Tavares, and was the first man to finish Frankie Edgar in MMA.
Fights added to the card at the moment:
Light Heavyweights Volkan Oezdemir vs. Alexander Rakic
Flyweights: Matt Schnell vs. Alexandre Pantoja