Fans have been asking for weeks what the main event of UFC Fight Night 154 would be, and for the longest time, no one understood. The event takes place June 22 at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina, and also neighborhood boy Stephen”Wonderboy” Thompson unavailable to fight so soon after the beating he took against Anthony Pettis in March, it was difficult to predict who would headline the card.
The UFC announced this week that the primary event of UFC Fight Night 154 will be a thrilling five-round featherweight fight between”The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung and Renato Moicano. These are two of the best featherweights in the world, which battle should be a good deal of fun. It May not be a title battle, but you would be hard-pressed to view some fans complain about this fight Jung (14-5) is coming from a last-second KO loss to Yair Rodriguez in UFC Fight Night 139 in one of the greatest MMA battles of all time. Jung was well on his way to winning the bout before he got caught with an unorthodox upwards elbow by Rodriguez at the 4:59 mark of the fifth round and suffered a shocking knockout loss. The defeat dropped his general UFC record but the truth he has won six bonuses in six UFC fights says what about Jung. Lose or win, Jung is one of the most exciting fighters we have ever seen in this game. It will be tricky to recover from such a brutal KO following such a war of a struggle, but after taking over six weeks off to cure, hopefully he’s 100 percent healthy and good to go for this fight. The loss to Rodriguez knocked him out of the featherweight title picture for the time being, but if he could beat Moicano, he’ll jump right back in the mix.
Moicano (13-2-1) is also coming off of a brutal KO loss, this one to Jose Aldo back at UFC Fight Night 144. Like Jung, Moicano was winning the fight until Aldo turned the clock back unleashed a violent flurry of strikes that transpired Moicano out. He’s still one of the featherweights in the world and 5-2 in the UFC. Besides declines to Aldo and Brian Ortega — there’s no shame to losing to either of these guys — Moicano has been among the best featherweights from the UFC otherwise. Like Jung, he needs to rebound from his last reduction in order to rejoin the featherweight title mix, but there’s no reason to thing that he can not do it.
The odds for this fight ought to be interesting when they come out, but if I had to guess, Moicano will be slightly preferred. Bettors will probably be seeking to fade Jung coming from the lousy loss while Moicano is somebody who always gets a lot of respect from the gambling public. But it’s definitely a close fight that could go either way, and MMA fans in Carolina ought to be excited they landed such an exciting struggle as the main event of UFC Fight Night 154.
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