Fans have been asking for weeks what the main event of UFC Fight Night 154 would be, and for the longest time, no one understood. The event takes place June 22 at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina, and also neighborhood boy Stephen”Wonderboy” Thompson unavailable 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 know.
The UFC announced this week that the main event of UFC Fight Night 154 is going to be an exciting five-round featherweight struggle between”The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung and Renato Moicano. These are a couple of the best featherweights in the world, and this fight should be a lot of fun. It May not be a title fight, but you’d be hard-pressed to see any fans whine about this fight Jung (14-5) is coming from 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 upward elbow by Rodriguez in 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 says everything about Jung. Lose or win, Jung is one of the most exciting fighters we’ve ever seen in the game. It will be tricky to recover from such a barbarous KO after such a war of a fight, but after shooting 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 the time being, but when he could conquer Moicano, he’ll jump right back into the mix.
Moicano (13-2-1) is also coming from a brutal KO loss, 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 knocked Moicano out. Overall he’s 5-2 in the UFC and one of the featherweights in the world. Aside from declines to Aldo and Brian Ortega — there is no shame to shedding to either of those men — Moicano has been one of the best featherweights in the UFC otherwise. Like Jung, he needs to rebound from his last loss in order to rejoin the featherweight title combination, but there’s no reason to thing he can’t do it.
The odds for this battle ought to be interesting if they come out, but when I had to guess, Moicano will be marginally favored. Bettors will likely be seeking to fade Jung coming from that bad loss while Moicano is someone who constantly gets a lot of respect from the betting public. But it’s definitely a close fight that could go either way, and MMA fans in Carolina ought to be excited that they landed such an exciting fight as the main event of UFC Fight Night 154.
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