What mattered most at UFC on ESPN+ 12? Here’s a few post-fight thoughts…
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1. This Zombie’s not dead
The insanity of Chan Sung Jung being put down by Yair Rodriguez seven months ago is hard to forget. However, it can’t be dismissed that “The Korean Zombie” was about to get a decision in his favor had he not thrown caution to the wind with a final-second flurry in the fifth round.
A knockout like that makes it easy to paint a certain narrative about a fighter, but Jung split that path and created a new one for himself by demolishing a legit top-10 opponent in Renato Moicano in under a minute. Now he’s suddenly been discussed as a featherweight contender again.
People expect a crazy war when Jung gets in the cage. His past two wins have come by first-round knockout, though, and if he can string together a couple more performances like that, the loss to Rodriguez will largely fade from memory, and the South Korean fighter can join the title discussion.
For everything he’s been through, too, Jung is just 32. If he can work his way there, a potential fight with Max Holloway would be a must-watch.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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