A pair of former UFC title challengers collide on Fight Island on Saturday night when Brian Ortega meets Chan Sung Jung, also known as the Korean zombie, at UFC Fight Night in Abu Dhabi. Dana White says the winner of this match 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 almost two years ago. He was easily defeated by then-champion Max Holloway at this event, and while returning, he suffered a partial ACL tear that sidelined him further. Jung (16-5) looks set to bolster his second shot at a UFC championship. He fought Jose Aldo for the 145-pound title back in 201
This fight is filled with bad blood and a saga that escalated earlier this year at UFC 248. After a series of false starts, we finally get to see these two go at it with incredibly high stakes on the line.
Saturday night’s card, which appears exclusively on ESPN +, also features former strawweight champion Jessica Andrade (20-8) making her UFC flight debut against Katlyn Chookagian (14-3). Andrade will just be the second female fighter in UFC history to fight in three divisions and join Valerie Letourneau. Chookagian is No. 3 on the ESPN women’s flyweight rankings, while Andrade is ranked fourth on the straw weights.
Brett Okamoto and Jeff Wagenheim summarize the action as it happens.
Women’s Flyweight: Gillian Robertson (8-4, 5-2 UFC, -210) vs. Poliana Botelho (8-2, 3-1 UFC, +180)
Middleweight: Jun Yong Park (12-4, 2-1 UFC) defeats John Phillips (22-11, 1-5 UFC) by unanimous decision
Summary to come.
DC broke the telestrator and tried to show all Jun Yong Park strikes 😂 # UFCFightIsland6 pic.twitter.com/guq6aGIov7
– ESPN MMA (@espnmma) October 17, 2020
Lightweight: Fares Ziam (11-3, 1-1 UFC) defeats Jamie Mullarkey (12-4, 0-2 UFC) by unanimous decision
French Lightweight Awards Ziam (11-4) snatched a unanimous decision victory over Jamie Mullarkey (12-4) in a closely contested match that some certainly scored for Mullarkey.
The 155-pound matchup showed a difference in styles as Ziam seemed happy to stay on the outside and use his length while Mullarkey constantly looked to close the distance and get the match to the ground. Both were successful as the UFC Stats showed a close voice in the overall strikes. Ziam landed 54 for Mullarcy’s 29, though Mullarkey added five successful takedowns.
Ohh idk about that decision
– Belal Muhammad (@ bullyb170) October 17, 2020
Mullarkey, from Australia, seemed amazed when unanimous 29-28 referee results were read in Ziam’s favor. He did his best work in the second round by landing several solid elbows from the top position and almost took Ziam’s back. He also had some success in the third round on the floor, though he allowed Ziam to sweep him and move into a favorable position in the final moments of the match.
That drops Mullarkey to 0-2 in the UFC. This was his first appearance in 2020. Ziam picks up his first win inside the Octagon in two attempts. He suffered a decision loss for Don Madge in his UFC debut in September 2019.
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Light Heavyweight: Maxim Grishin (31-8-2, 1-1 UFC) defeats Gadzhimurad Antigulov (20-8, 2-4 UFC) in second round TKO
When his opponent engaged in a fight, Grishin ended it using a blocking of shots as Round 2 was settled to score 4:58 for his first UFC victory.
These veteran Russian light heavyweights had trained together on the American Top Team in Florida, so Grishin was well aware of Antigulov’s reputation as a fast starter. But this evening Antigulov did not come out and shoot, so much of the first round played out as a staring competition.
But when Antigulov, a 33-year-old from Dagestan, came out aggressively for the second and even took the fight up on the screen, Grishin responded and came out of a submission attempt by turning position, then getting back on his feet and going on the attack. When Grishin fired away with blows to the cage, Antigulov did nothing more than hide. The judge twice asked Antigulov to fight back before entering.
Grishin, 36, is a former PFL fighter who saw a winning streak of nine fights end in July in his UFC debut, a losing streak for Marcin Tybura.
For Antigulov, this was his fourth UFC loss in a row, though he finished in the others in the first round.
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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
Said Nurmagomdeov, unrelated to Khabib, quickly makes work of Mark Striegl at UFC Fight Night in Abu Dhabi.
UFC bantamweight Said Nurmagomedov does not need much of an opportunity to knock out an opponent. So much was on full screen Saturday.
Nurmagomedov recorded his third UFC victory emphatically when he knocked Mark Striegl out with the ground and pound just 51 seconds into their bantamweight competition. Nurmagomedov (14-2) dropped Striegl with a counter left hand that did not even seem to have much on it. Nurmagomedov went backwards and looked out of balance as he threw the punch, but it was a perfect shot for Striegl’s temple.
To hell what a performance for Said Nurmagomedov! Malicious land and pounds 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 # UFCFightIsland6
– Tatiana Suarez (@tatianaufc) October 17, 2020
After Striegl (18-3) went down, Nurmagomedov jumped on him with follow-up strikes that quickly ended the match. It’s his second knockout in the UFC, and his seventh career is overall.
Nurmagomedov is fighting out of Russia but is not related to the undefeated lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. He is now 3-1 in the UFC. His loss came via unanimous decision to Raoni Barcelos in December.
Watch this match on ESPN +.
Still to come:
Featherweight for men: 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)
Tipping weight: Cláudio Silva (14-1, 5-0 UFC, +130) vs. James Krause (27-9, 8-4 UFC, -150)
Featherweight for men: 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)