UFC  

UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Jung Main Event Odds and Picks

profile
UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Jung Main Event Odds and Picks
Chan Sung Jung (red cuffs) of Korea. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has a jam-packed schedule and this Saturday we are getting what should be a very entertaining fight between Brian Ortega and Chan Sung Jung. Here’s a complete preview, including updated odds and our betting pick.

Brian Ortega vs. Chan Sung Jung

Saturday, October 17, 2020 – 11:59 PM EDT at UFC Fight Island

In the main event of the evening, Brian Ortega battles Chan Sung Jung. UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Jung takes place at UFC Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. There will not be fans in attendance because of the COVID-19 pandemic. With plenty of betting lines and markets currently available, let’s attempt to find some value for our UFC picks on Saturday’s main event.

Brian Ortega (L) of the United States. Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

Brian Ortega

Introduction, Background and UFC Career

Born in Los Angeles, California, Ortega started learning martial arts when he was five years old. His parents are from Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, so he possesses dual nationality and at age 13 he began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Torrance, California, under Rorion Gracie and his sons Ryron, Rener and Ralek.

Boxing coach James Luhrsen took Ortega in when he was 17 years old and trained him in striking skills. "T-City" began his MMA career at regional promotions in Southern California and won his first championship against Carlos Garces via unanimous decision to become the Respect In The Cage featherweight champion. Ortega went 8-0 as a pro before the UFC signed him in April 2014.

Ortega won his UFC debut after submitting Mike de la Torre in the first round at UFC on FOX 12 on July 26th, 2014 but the result was changed to "No Contest" because Ortega tested positive for drostanolone during a post-fight screening. The UFC suspended him for nine months and he had to pay a $2,500 fine. He then beat Thiago Tavares, Diego Brandao, Clay Guida, Renato Carneiro, Cub Swanson and Frankie Edgar before Max Holloway handed him the first loss of his career. Holloway won via TKO in the fourth round at UFC 231 on December 8th, 2018.

  • Born: February 21st, 1991
  • Age: 29
  • Country: United States
  • Height: 5’9″
  • Weight: 145 lbs
  • Reach: 69″
  • Stance: Switch
  • Association: Black House / Black Belt Surfing Team
  • Class: Featherweight
  • Record: 14-1-1

Stats

Method of VictorySignificant StrikesTakedowns
3 wins by KO/TKO4.07 Landed16% Accuracy
7 wins by Submission7.36 Absorbed56% Defended
4 wins by Decision

Octagon Strengths

  • Tough physically and mentally
  • Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Rener Gracie
  • Has shown a much better understanding of range and counter punching
  • Rarely allows his opponent to land a power shot without an answer

Octagon Weaknesses

  • Absorbs too many significant strikes per minute
  • His last fight was almost two years ago

Chan Sung Jung of South Korea. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Chan Sung Jung

Introduction, Background and UFC Career

Nicknamed "The Korean Zombie" because of his ability to move forward and fight aggressively after taking heavy blows, Chan Sung Jung was born in 1987 and he's been a mixed martial artist since 2007, competing for organizations like Pancrase, Deep, World Victory Road, World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) and the UFC.

As a kid, he bullied because of his size and rural origins, which prompted his aunt to take him to a nearby Hapkido gym when he was 14 years old. Jung also trained in kickboxing until his junior year of high school. After that, he also began training in judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and when turned 18 he joined the South Korean Navy and started training Taekwondo. In 2007 Jung won a sambo tournament arranged by the Korean Sambo Association.

Jung submitted Hyung Geol Lee in the second round of his first professional fight at SSF - Super Sambo Festival on June 24th, 2007. "The Korean Zombie" debuted with the UFC at UFC Fight Night 24 on March 26th, 2011, submitting Leonard Garcia in the second round. He is 6-2 in the promotion, beating the likes of Dustin Poirier, Renato Carneiro and Frankie Edgar. In his last fight, he knocked out Edger in the first round at UFC Fight Night 165 on December 21st, 2019.

  • Born: March 17th, 1987
  • Age: 33
  • Country: South Korea
  • Height: 5’9″
  • Weight: 145 lbs
  • Reach: 72″
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • Association: Fight Ready
  • Class: Featherweight
  • Record: 16-5

Stats

Method of VictorySignificant StrikesTakedowns
6 wins by KO/TKO4.58 Landed41% Accuracy
8 wins by Submission3.73 Absorbed77% Defended
2 wins by Decision

Octagon Strengths

  • Third-degree black belt in Hapkido
  • Second-degree black belt in Taekwondo
  • Black belt in Judo
  • Ability to dictate where the fight takes place
  • Aggressive submission fighter

Octagon Weaknesses

  • Tends to abandon his stance and stop moving his head if he thinks his opponent is on the defensive

Prediction

This promises to be a very intriguing fight because of Ortega's second-to-none BJJ skills and Jung's tremendous power. Ortega has improved his stand-up game but has he worked on his striking defense enough? While Ortega is a submission threat, Jung is favored for a reason, he is an elite striker who can also submit you. I can't see a path to victory for him besides his submission attacks and Jung has great takedown defense.

My Pick: Chan Sung Jung -185 at Bovada (visit our Bovada Review)

Chan Sung Jung-185
Visit Site