UFC is back to finish its fourth leg of action in Abu Dhabi. With definite title implications on the line, the stakes are high. After a long hiatus, Brian Ortega returns to action. The submission expert has a tall order in front of him, as he takes on Chan Sung Jung. The “Korean Zombie” has been on a tear lately. Jung has won his last two bouts by TKO. Most notably dispatching of Frankie Edgar in one round. Ortega has also finished Edgar and will look to get back on track after dropping his first loss to former champion, Max Holloway. With title hopes on the line, the UFC Fight Island 6 main event preview will examine paths to victory for both athletes. Certainly, fight betting fans around the world including at online places such as VulkanVegas will be drooling at the current odds.
The Return of Brian Ortega
Since last competing in 2018 in an unsuccessful title bid, Ortega has been on the sidelines. While he showed great durability in his loss to Holloway, it was clear he had to work on his striking or implement his grappling more effectively. A lesson Ortega learned against Holloway was conserving energy and conditioning. In a five-round fight against Jung, Ortega’s conditioning and fight IQ will be vital. Interestingly, Ortega has struggled to get fighters to the ground where he specializes. Despite that shortcoming, he was still able to submit Cub Swanson without his back touching the mat. The UFC Fight Island 6 main event preview stresses the importance of forcing grappling exchanges for key paths to victory for Ortega.
Many questions have surrounded Ortega’s return during his absence from the cage. Initially, the two combatants were slated to fight in South Korea last December. Unfortunately, an injury would force Ortega out. Consequently, circumstances leading up to high profile fights are never ideal. In the world of Covid-19, things are no different. Ortega’s lead cornermen, Brazilian Ju-jitsu expert, Rener Gracie will be unable to assist him on fight night due to a positive Covid-19 diagnosis. The question is how will this affect Ortega’s approach to the fight, and most importantly how will it affect his performance.
UFC Fight Island 6 Main Event Preview
Coming off two emphatic finishes, the “Korean Zombie” is always must-see TV. Recording the first twister submission against Leonard Garcia, Jung has always been an imposing threat in the featherweight division. In a storied career, the South Korean has never been finished by submission. Which stands to reason that will be a very difficult task for Ortega. Considering that optic, this bout likely takes place on the feet.
Zombie has shown his durability in a five-round war against Yair Rodriguez. Despite being finished with just a single second left, the Fight Ready product was comfortably ahead on the scorecards. Equipped with impressive takedown defense, Ortega has an uphill battle. Jung’s striking output and defense were critical against Rodriguez. Without the mishap, Jung might have already fought for the title. But now title hopes are in question for both contenders. The UFC Fight Island 6 main event preview favors Jung’s well-balanced approach inside the cage.