UFC Fight Night Brian Ortega vs. Chan Sung Jung: Live updates and results

A pair of former UFC title challengers will collide on Fight Island on Saturday night as Brian Ortega takes on Chan Sung Jung, also known as the Korean Zombie, at UFC Fight Night in Abu Dhabi. Dana White says the winner of this bout will receive the next shot at Alexander Volkanovski’s featherweight title.

Ortega (14-1) returns to the Octagon for the first time since a failed title bid at UFC 231 nearly two years ago. He was easily defeated by then-champion Max Holloway at that event, and while making his comeback he suffered a partial ACL tear that sidelined him further. Jung (16-5) will look to solidify his second shot at a UFC championship. He fought Jose Aldo for the 145-pound title back in 2013.

This fight is filled with bad blood and a saga that escalated earlier this year at UFC 248. After a number of false starts, we finally will get to see these two go at it with incredibly high stakes on the line.

Saturday night’s card, which will air exclusively on ESPN+, also features former strawweight champion Jessica Andrade (20-8) making her UFC flyweight debut against Katlyn Chookagian (14-3). Andrade will become just the second female fighter in UFC history to fight in three divisions, joining Valerie Letourneau. Chookagian is No. 3 in the ESPN women’s flyweight rankings, while Andrade is ranked fourth at strawweight.

Brett Okamoto and Jeff Wagenheim recap the action as it happens.

Fight in progress:

Women’s flyweight: Gillian Robertson (8-4, 5-2 UFC, -210) vs. Poliana Botelho (8-2, 3-1 UFC, +180)

Results:

Middleweight: Jun Yong Park (12-4, 2-1 UFC) defeats John Phillips (22-11, 1-5 UFC) by unanimous decision

Park must have been watching phenom Khamzat Chimaev’s UFC debut in July, because he knew exactly what to do against Phillips. And then he outdid Chimaev, at least in terms of record-breaking numbers.

Park, who typically is a standup fighter, took Phillips to the canvas in the first minute of each round and kept him there until the horn, peppering him with short punches in a dominant performance for which all three judges awarded him 30-25 scorecards.

Whereas Chimaev submitted Philllips after outlanding him 43-1, Park amassed striking numbers that dwarfed that output, finishing with 260 total strikes, which according to ESPN Stats & Information is tied for the sixth most in a three-round fight in UFC history.

Much of what Park landed was not damaging. For example, he outlanded Phillips 53-1 in Round 1, but it was only a 3-0 margin in significant strikes. But Phillips had no answers.

Park, a 29-year-old teammate of main eventer Chan Sung Jung at Korea Top Team, has won nine of his last 10 fights.

Phillips, a 35-year-old Welshman, has lost four of five.

— Wagenheim

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Lightweight: Fares Ziam (11-3, 1-1 UFC) defeats Jamie Mullarkey (12-4, 0-2 UFC) via unanimous decision

French lightweight Fares Ziam (11-4) squeaked out a unanimous decision win over Jamie Mullarkey (12-4), in a closely contested fight that some certainly scored for Mullarkey.

The 155-pound matchup showcased a difference in styles, as Ziam appeared happy to stay on the outside and use his length, while Mullarkey constantly looked to close the distance and get the fight to the ground. Both had success, as UFC Stats showed a close tally in overall strikes. Ziam landed 54 to Mullarkey’s 29, although Mullarkey added five successful takedowns.

Mullarkey, of Australia, appeared stunned as unanimous 29-28 judges’ scores were read in Ziam’s favor. He did his best work in the second round, landing several solid elbows from top position and nearly taking Ziam’s back. He had some success in the third round on the floor as well, although he allowed Ziam to sweep him and move into a favorable position in the final moments of the fight.

It drops Mullarkey to 0-2 in the UFC. This was his first appearance of 2020. Ziam picks up his first win inside the Octagon in two tries. He suffered a decision loss to Don Madge in his UFC debut in September 2019.

— Okamoto

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Light heavyweight: Maxim Grishin (31-8-2, 1-1 UFC) defeats Gadzhimurad Antigulov (20-8, 2-4 UFC) by second-round TKO

Once his opponent engaged in a fight, Grishin ended it, using a barrage of punches as Round 2 was winding down to get the finish at 4:58 for his first UFC win.

These veteran Russian light heavyweights had trained together at American Top Team in Florida, so Grishin was well aware of Antigulov’s reputation as a fast starter. But on this night, Antigulov did not come out firing, so much of the first round played out as a staring contest.

But when Antigulov, a 33-year-old from Dagestan, came out aggressively for the second, and even took the fight to the canvas, Grishin responded, getting out of a submission attempt by reversing position, then getting back to his feet and going on attack. As Grishin fired away with punches against the cage, Antigulov did no more than cover up. The referee twice asked Antigulov to fight back before stepping in.

Grishin, 36, is a former PFL fighter who saw a nine-fight winning streak end in July in his UFC debut, a decision loss to Marcin Tybura.

For Antigulov, this was his fourth UFC loss in a row, although in the others he had been finished in the first round.

— Wagenheim

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Men’s bantamweight: Said Nurmagomedov (14-2, 3-1 UFC) defeats Mark Striegl (18-3, 0-1 UFC) via first-round KO

UFC bantamweight Said Nurmagomedov does not need much of an opportunity in order to knock an opponent out. That much was on full display on Saturday.

Nurmagomedov recorded his third win in the UFC in emphatic fashion as he knocked out Mark Striegl with ground-and-pound just 51 seconds into their bantamweight contest. Nurmagomedov (14-2) dropped Striegl with a counter left hand that didn’t even appear to have much on it. Nurmagomedov was stepping backwards and looked off-balance as he threw the punch, but it was a perfect shot to Striegl’s temple.

After Striegl (18-3) went down, Nurmagomedov jumped on him with follow-up strikes that quickly ended the fight. It’s his second knockout in the UFC, and seventh career finish overall.

Nurmagomedov fights out of Russia but is not related to undefeated lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. He is now 3-1 in the UFC. His loss came via unanimous decision to Raoni Barcelos in December.

— Okamoto

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Still to come:

Men’s featherweight: Brian Ortega (14-1 1 NC, 7-1 1 NC UFC, +175) vs. Chan Sung Jung (16-5, 6-2 UFC, -200)
Women’s flyweight: Katlyn Chookagian (14-3, 7-3 UFC, +125) vs. Jéssica Andrade (20-8, 11-6 UFC, -145)
Light heavyweight: Jimmy Crute (11-1, 3-1 UFC, -320) vs. Modestas Bukauskas (11-2, 1-0 UFC, +260)
Welterweight: Cláudio Silva (14-1, 5-0 UFC, +130) vs. James Krause (27-9, 8-4 UFC, -150)
Men’s featherweight: Thomas Almeida (22-3, 5-3 UFC, -135) vs. Jonathan Martinez (12-3, 3-2 UFC, +115)
Lightweight: Mateusz Gamrot (17-0, 0-0 UFC, -300) vs. Guram Kutateladze (11-2, 0-0 UFC, +250)

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