In the positively hostile landscape of the light heavyweight division, the two have gotten used to winning lately. And after their opening clash at UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Rodriguez, the winner is sure to move on to bigger and better things, namely ranked opponents. MMA historians might view this showdown as the start of a reign.
“Absolutely,” Jung agrees with my assessment. “I’m on a streak, he’s on a streak, and I’d rather face tough guys who bring me closer to the top than anyone who isn’t a competitor. One step at a time, I’m trying to make my way to the top 15. “
Unbeaten in his first four UFC appearances, the South Korean has shown a well-rounded skill set during his tenure, with a guillotine submission against Khadis Ibragimov, a knockout against Mike Rodriguez and a Crazy durability in both his draw against Sam Alvey and his most recent unanimous decision victory over William Knight.
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While his overall professional 14-2-1 career is a parade of finishes (only three of those fights went to the scorecards), that can bet the durability of the hat – its cardio, comfort in its 6’4 frame. “and his frightening ability to eat a punch, that makes Jung such a danger. He will build on it on Saturday against Nzechukwu.
“Control,” he said of his keys to victory. “Control the cage, control the distance and control the pace.”
Of course, he will have his eyes open for the finish opportunity, but a sober game plan is essential against the top-flight Nzechukwu. Dana White’s Fortis MMA product and Contender Series alum are on a three-fight tear that includes knockouts on reels in her final two.
Jung knows it won’t be really light on Saturday, and expecting next-level talent after his win over Knight last April, he hasn’t spent a minute celebrating, relaxing, or taking a vacation. .
“Nothing,” he confirms. “I went straight back to training.