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Brian Ortega vs Chan Sung Jung – Featherweight Division
Chan Sung Jung (-200)
Katlyn Chookagian vs Jessica Andrade – Women’s Flyweight Division
Katlyn Chookagian (+130)
Jimmy Crute vs Modestas Bukauskas – Light Heavyweight Division
Modestas Bukauskas (+250)
Claudio Silva vs James Krause – Welterweight Division
Claudio Silva (+130)
Thomas Almeida vs Jonathan Martinez – Featherweight Division
Thomas Almeida (-139)
|Ortega vs The Korean Zombie information
|UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs The Korean Zombie
|Flash Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
|Saturday, October 17, 5 PM EST
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Brian Ortega joined the UFC in 2014, and following a no-contest result in his debut, Brain Ortega went on to win six fights in a row, including notable wins over the likes of Cub Swanson and Frankie Edgar. This winning streak led to the undefeated fighter receiving a shot at the featherweight title against (arguably) the greatest champion of all time: Max Holloway. The fight took place in December 2018 and Holloway would go on to pick apart Ortega on the feet, eventually being declared the winner due to a doctor’s stoppage at the end of the fourth round as Ortega was taking too much significant damage. However, the fight still brought Ortega his fifth post-fight bonus in his last four fights.
The thing here is that Ortega has not fought since. A 22-month layoff following his first professional loss has people wondering.
The 29-year-old fighter, born in the state of California, stands at 5 ft. 8 in. tall and has a reach of 69 inches. Training out of his home state with Black Belt Surfing and the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy, the decorated grappler holds a first-degree black belt under Rener Gracie. He has been fighting professionally since 2010 and is still ranked as the number-2 featherweight in the UFC.
Chan Sung Jung, like Brian Ortega, is no stranger to title fights or post-fight bonuses. “The Korean Zombie” has had one title opportunity in his career thus far, which he lost to featherweight great Jose Aldo in 2013. After returning to his South Korea for mandatory military service, Jung returned to the UFC in 2017 and knocked out Dennis Bermudez. He was then knocked out in spectacular fashion by Yair Rodriguez in the final second of their 2018 bout. Since then, Jung has won two in a row, both by TKO, over Renato Moicano and Frankie Edgar. He has post-fight bonuses in his past four consecutive fights.
Four years older than Ortega, “The Korean Zombie” stands one-inch taller and will have a three-inch reach advantage Saturday night. Born in Korea, Jung has been fighting since 2007 and now trains at his own gym: Korean Zombie MMA. He holds a third-dan black belt in hapkido, and a second-dan black belt in taekwondo, a black belt in judo, and a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He is currently ranked as the fourth-best UFC featherweight fighter.
Following two big wins over Joanne Calderwood and Jennifer Maia, Katlyn Chookagian was granted her first shot at the women’s flyweight title against the dominant champion Valentina Shevchenko this past February at UFC 247. Chookagian would succumb to Shevchenko, losing by third-round TKO. However, Chookagian was quick to return to action and to make a statement. She most recently fought this past May, taking on the champion’s sister: Antonina Shevchenko. Chookagian would go on to win the fight via unanimous decision.
Standing at 5 ft. 9 in. tall, the 31-year-old has a reach of 68 inches. The former title challenger trains with the Renzo Gracie Combat Team and holds a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Renzo Gracie himself. The American-born fighter is ranked as the number-one contender in the women’s flyweight division and is the tenth-best pound-for-pound women’s fighter on the UFC roster.
After several years fighting in the strawweight division, including a stint as the women’s strawweight champion, Jessica Andrade returns to the bantamweight division for the first time since 2015. The move up in weight comes after suffering back-to-back losses. The first of which came against Zhang Weili, who defeated Andrade for the title by TKO last August. In her more recent fight, Andrade rematched with Rose Namajunas – the woman she had won the strawweight title from – this past July. Namajunas won the fight via split-decision.
Born in Brazil, the 29-year-old will stand 7.5-inches shorter than Chookagian and will be at a 6-inch reach disadvantage in the striking department. Training out of her home country with Parana Vale Tudo, Andrade holds a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Gilliard Parana. She has been fighting professionally since 2011 and is currently ranked as the number-two strawweight as well as the number-six pound-for-pound women’s fighter.
Jimmy Crute was 8-0 as a professional before appearing on the Dana White Contender Series. He won his fight on the show and went on to win his first two fights in the octagon; one by submission and one by TKO. His undefeated streak was snapped in his next fight, where Misha Cirkunov submitted Crute in the first round of their September 2019 bout. He has since fought once more, earlier this year, submitting Michal Olesiejczuk in the first round, earning him a performance of the night bonus.
The 24-year-old Australian stands at 6 ft. 2 in. tall and has a reach of 72.5 inches. Fighting professionally since 2016, Crute currently trains under head coach Sam Greco at the Resilience Training Centre. He holds a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
This will be Modestas Buakauskas’ second fight in the UFC and his second on Fight Island. Bukauskas last fought in July against Andreas Michailidis, winning the fight in odd fashion. After a barrage of punches, the horn sounded to end the first round. However, slumped on the ground, Michailidis leaned back on the cage door which opened, causing him to fall out. The referee stopped the fight, awarding a TKO victory to Bukauskas.
The Lithuanian is two years older than Jimmy Crute but stands one inch taller and has a reach advantage of 5.5-inches. Bukauskas currently trains out of England with Gintas Combat. He entered the UFC riding a six-fight win streak under the Cage Warriors banner.
Claudio Silva has not lost an MMA contest since his professional debut back in 2007 – a loss via disqualification, in fact. Joining the UFC in 2014, Silva has gone undefeated in the promotion, holding notable wins over the likes of Brad Scott, Danny Roberts, and top-contender Leon Edwards in what was Silva’s welterweight debut. His most recent bout came back in August 2019 when he took on Cole Williams. Williams missed weight by 5-pounds but Silva was still able to submit him in the first round via rear-naked choke.
Born in Brazil, the 38-year-old fighter stands at 5 ft. 11 in. tall. The former middleweight also has a reach of 71 inches. “Hannibal” trains out of Coconut Creek, Florida with the famous American Top Team gym. Competing since 2007, he holds a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Ricardo Vieira.
James Krause has had a storied career with the UFC, which started back in 2013 and has taken place across three weight classes. Starting as a lightweight, Krause has actually been jumping back and forth recently between lightweight and welterweight. After a six-fight winning streak between the two divisions, Krause most recently fought at middleweight this past February at UFC 247. In what was his middleweight debut, Krause would lose by a narrow split-decision against Trevin Giles in a bout that was ultimately deemed the Fight of the Night.
At 34-years-old, the American fighter will stand three inches taller than his opponent Saturday night and will have a 2.5-inch reach advantage. Fighting since 2007, Krause trains out of his own gym: Glory MMA and holds a first-degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Leonardo Pecanha.
Thomas Almeida has been a member of the UFC roster since 2014 but has been out of action since late 2018 following corrective eye surgery. Starting his UFC career with four straight wins, three by knockout, Almeida’s first loss under the UFC banner was a KO loss to Cody Garbrandt in 2016. He rebounded after the loss with a win overAlbert Morales but dropped his next two in a row to Jimmie Rivera and, most recently, Rob Font at UFC 220 in early 2018.
The 29-year-old Brazilian fighter will walk into the octagon Saturday night standing at 5 ft. 7 in. tall and will have a reach of 70 inches. Fighting since 2011, the former Legacy FC bantamweight champion trains out of his home country with Chute Boxe Academy and Xtreme Couture MMA. He holds a black belt in muay thai as well as a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Due to Almeida’s original opponent pulling out of the fight and Jonathan Martinez stepping in on short notice, this fight will be held at featherweight despite both men being known as bantamweight fighters.
Joining the UFC in 2018, Jonathan Martinez has gone 3-2 for the promotion. After losing his debut, Martinez won two in a row before dropping a split-decision to Andre Ewell at UFC 247 earlier this year. In his most recent fight, Martinez defeated Frankie Saenz via third-round TKO this past August but the win was marred as Martinez had missed weight by 4.5-pounds.
The 26-year-old Texan stands equal to his opponent at 5 ft. 7 in. and will also share a 70 inch reach. Training out of Texas with the Factory X team, Martinez holds a blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He has been fighting professionally since 2014.
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