Fans have been asking for weeks what the main event of UFC Fight Night 154 is, and for the longest period, nobody knew. The event takes place June 22 at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina, and also local boy Stephen”Wonderboy” Thompson inaccessible to fight soon after the beating he took against Anthony Pettis in March, it was hard to predict who would headline the card.
Now we understand.
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 a couple of the best featherweights in the world, which fight should be a lot of fun. It might not be a title fight, but you would be hard-pressed to see any fans whine about this fight Jung (14-5) is coming off of a last-second KO loss to Yair Rodriguez at 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 weight loss loss. His overall UFC record dropped to 4-2, but the fact he has won six bonuses in six UFC battles says what about Jung. Win or lose, Jung is one of the most exciting fighters we have ever seen in this game. It will be tricky to recover from such a barbarous KO following such a war of a fight, however after taking over six months off to cure, hopefully he’s 100% healthy and good to go for this fight. The reduction to Rodriguez knocked him out of this featherweight title picture for now, but if he can beat Moicano, he will jump right back in the mix.
Moicano (13-2-1) is coming off of a brutal KO reduction, this one to Jose Aldo back in UFC Fight Night 144. Like Jung, Moicano was winning the fight till Aldo turned back the clock unleashed a violent flurry of strikes that transpired Moicano out. He’s 5-2 at the UFC and one of the best featherweights in the world. Aside from declines to Aldo and Brian Ortega — there is no shame to losing to either of these men — Moicano has been among the best featherweights from the UFC differently. 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 he can not do it.
The odds for this fight should be interesting when they come out, but when I had to guess, Moicano will be marginally favored. Bettors will probably be looking to fade Jung coming off of the bad autumn while Moicano is someone who constantly gets a ton of respect from the betting public. Nonetheless, it’s definitely a close fight that could go either way, and MMA fans in Carolina ought to be excited that they landed this exciting fight as the main event of UFC Fight Night 154.
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