This past Saturday, June 19th, we had a very interesting night in UFC Vegas 29: the Korean Zombie vs. Ige. There were two fights in particular that stood out to me the most along with the main event. So, read below to get a recap of Casey O’Neill vs. Lara Procopio, Kanako Murata vs. Virna Jandiroba, and Chan Sung Jung vs. Dan ige.
UFC Women’s Flyweight Bout: Casey O’Neill vs. Lara Procopio – Preliminary Card
To kick off the Saturday night preliminary card, the rising and undefeated prospect in Casey O’Neill put Lara Procopio to sleep. This was O’Neill’s second UFC appearance after defeating Shana Dobson back in February 2021 via TKO. Casey “King” O’Neill stepped into the octagon with UFC Odds at +140, and she really proved her value.
Lara Procopio brought the heat in the first round. Both fighters landed great strikes of their own, especially in the clinch. Mid-fight, there were brutal hits by both women; O’Neill landed a beautiful head kick, to eventually be countered by Procopio with a heavy right to daze her. This allowed Procopio to grab her into the clinch again and throw O’Neill onto the ground. Procopio landed in side control and transitioned into half guard just to be kicked off by O’Neill. Once back on their feet, the two exchanged heavy hits once again. Procopio aimed for another takedown but could not succeed as O’Neill threw heavy elbows to escape. Procopio tried again to drop O’Neill, but O’Neill countered and brought Procopio to the ground.
The second round began with an aggressive O’Neill. As a way to survive, Procopio used a body lock and put O’Neill on her back. They scramble with O’Neill landing brutal elbows again. As they got back to their feet, O’Neill, still bursting with energy, brought the fight into the clinch and threw knees. Procopio had a busted eye at this point and desperately shot for a takedown again. However, O’Neill easily stuffed the takedown and brought down Procopio herself. The round ended with O’Neill on top, hammering down on Procopio with a ground-and-pound until the bell rang.
The third round was the determining factor for this fight. At this point, Propcopio was in pain and had to do all she could to survive the round. O’Neill was still fresh and full of energy, so she started the round aggressively, applying as much pressure as possible – eventually dropping Procopio on the ground. O’Neill was fishing for the finish, and Procopio had to escape everything O’Neill threw at her. Procopio stood up with O’Neill hanging onto her; O’Neill wrapped her arm tightly around Procopio’s throat. Procopio fell to the ground as O’Neill’s grip got tighter and tighter until Procopio goes to sleep. Referee Chris Tognoni stopped the fight at 2 minutes and 54 seconds with Casey O’Neill winning via submission.
Again, the UFC Odds entering this fight on Saturday night were: Casey O’Neill +140 and Lara Procopio -170. O’Neill really made a statement on Saturday night, so I’m excited to see what else she has to offer inside the UFC.
UFC Women’s Strawweight Bout: Kanako Murata vs. Virna Jandiroba – Preliminary Card
This second fight I’m going to recall upon really stood out to me because of the Brazilian, Virna Jandiroba.
Jandiroba was patient in the beginning of the first round; she felt out the distance with a few jabs and aggressively moved forward to bring Murata to the ground. As Murata got back to her feet, Jandiroba pushed forward with several heavy punches. Let’s just say, Jandrioba was far more accurate with her strikes than Murata. Anyway, mid-round, Jandiroba clinched up but Murata countered with several knees. The fight was brought to the ground and each were fighting for a submission. At the end of the round, Murata was pushing for a guillotine choke but Jandiroba survived until the bell rang.
In the second round, Murata came out with swelling under her right eye; Jandiroba still filled with energy. Anything Murata had to offer, Jandiroba had the perfect counter. Mid-way through the round, you could see how limp Murata’s left arm was after an armbar from Jandiroba. Since her arm was limp, this gave Jandiroba an even bigger advantage. At the end of the round, the doctor came in to check on Murata’s arm – it was either broken or dislocated. So, Referee Tagnoni called the fight, earning Virna Jandiroba her first win by T/KO.
Virna “Carcara” Jandiroba is an incredibly underrated rising UFC fighter. She is now 3-2 inside the UFC with her losses being against Carla Esparza and Mackenzie Dern – both by unanimous decision. Jandiroba definitely made a statement as well on Saturday night, and definitely earned many new fans. I can not wait to see her make her way up the UFC Strawweight division. The UFC Odds entering this fight were: Virna Jandiroba -145 and Kanako Murata +120.
UFC Featherweight Bout: Chan Sung Jung vs. Dan Ige – Main Event
Now, the main event was quite frustrating to me for a few reasons. The main reason being me expecting more out of Ige. In my UFC Prediction, I mentioned that this fight would make it to the scorecards leaning the Korean Zombie, and boy was I wrong. My UFC Pick for this fight was Dan Ige -110 via BetOnline (Visit our Betonline Review). This is how the main event went:
The Korean Zombie was quick to get the fight started connecting with a low kick. He was light on his feet and was able to counter rapidly. Both men were sharp and powerful with their exchanges, whether it was a heavy calf kick or even on the ground. Ige definitely had his moments connecting with powerful jabs, but Jung was incredibly sharp with his counters.
In the first three rounds, the fight went back and forth between exchanging on the feet and scrambling on the ground. In round 4, it appeared the two were more patient, reading eachother out and keeping their distance, waiting for the opportunity to counter. Towards the end of the fourth, Ige landed a body kick which allowed Jung to take him down. Let’s just say Jung literally sat on Ige’s head hammering down elbows from above until the bell rang.
In the final round, Ige was itching to finish the fight. Jung landed another takedown forcing Ige to scramble to his feet and aim for a finish. Ige wanted to get a takedown of his own but Jung’s takedown defense was on point. At one point, they had a heavy exchange; Jung landed a nice knee to the body of Ige, hurting him, and making it easy to bring Ige back down to the canvas. The Korean Zombie had control in a body triangle, trying to secure his neck for a submission win but he could not get it. The round ended with Chan Sung Jung winning via unanimous decision.
This fight was a coin flip, and the Korean Zombie really showed us his value. I sided with Ige in this fight due to his growth; Jung made me worry due to his recent inconsistency. But he definitely proved me wrong and kept his road to a title shot alive. The final UFC Odds entering this fight were: Dan Ige -130 and Chan Sung Jung +110.
Closing Remarks and What’s Next?
Like always, I wanted to give all the dog-winners their recognition: Casey O’Neill (+140), Rick Glenn (+115), Nicolae Negumereanu (+200), Matt Brown (+160), and Chan Sung Jung (+110).
Up next in the UFC, we have UFC Vegas 30: Gane vs Volkov on Saturday, June 26th at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. This is honestly a wonderful card before UFC 264: Poirier vs. McGregor 3 on Saturday, July 10th.
At UFC Vegas 30, we have so many great fights to look forward to. On the main card, we will be able to see Tim Means vs. Nicolas Dalby, Andre Tili vs. Daniel Pineda, Tanner Boser vs. OSP, and for the main event, Ciryl Gane vs. Alexander Volkov, and many more! To help you make your best bets for each UFC event, check out our UFC Picks and Predictions show on SBR’s YouTube Page with David Manyun and our special guest!