UFC on ESPN+ 12: Korean Zombie finishes Renato Moicano in just 58 seconds

What took Chan Sung Jung so long?

Chan Sung Jung (15-5-0) left nothing to chance Saturday night in Greenville, stopping No. 5 Brazilian Renato Moicano (13-3-1) in less than a minute at UFC on ESPN+ 12.

Jung used a powerful right hand to send Moicano to the canvas and then matched maneuvers when the Brazilian tried to grab him, punishing him with follow up strikes that forced referee Blake Grice to halt the bout at 58 seconds of the first frame.

With the win, “The Korean Zombie” avenges a heartbreaking loss in his last bout that had him winning on scorecards until a kick by Yair Rodriguez stunned him with seconds remaining in the fight. He is almost certain to rise from is current No. 12 ranking.

Moicano suffered his second consecutive loss and will likely drop from his current No. 5 ranking.

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Jung and Jair Rozenstruik earned performances of the night, while Eric Spicely and Deron Winn earned Fight of the Night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

In case you missed the prelims:

DERON WINN DEF. ERIC SPICELY VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

MOLLY MCCANN DEF. ARIANE LIPSKI VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

JAIR ROZENSTRUIK DEF. ALLEN CROWDER VIA KO (PUNCHES) R1 0:09

LUIS PENA DEF. MATT WIMAN VIA TKO (STRIKES) R3 1:14

ASHLEY YODER DEF. SYURI KONDO VIA UD (30-26, 30-25, 30-24)

DAN IGE DEF. KEVIN AGUILLAR VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)

MAIN CARD

KEVIN HOLLAND VS. ALESSIO DI CHIRICO

 

WINNER: KEVIN HOLLAND VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALESSIO DI CHIRICO VIA TKO

Andrews: Di Chirico seemed to fade in the last round and not take advantage of the shoulder injury of Holland. That could have cost him the fight.

ANDREA LEE VS. MONTANA DE LA ROSA

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WINNER: ANDREA LEE VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MONTANA DE LA ROSA VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Lee did a good job of outstriking  De La Rosa and getting up quickly from early takedowns.

ANDRE EWELL VS. ANDERSON DOS SANTOS

 

WINNER: ANDRE EWELL VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ANDERSON DOS SANTOS VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Ewell’s counterstrikes and takedown defence stifled Dos Santos. Good win.

BRYAN BARBERENA VS. RANDY BROWN 

 

WINNER: RANDY BROWN VIA TKO R3 2:54

ANDREWS PREDICTION: BRYAN BARBERENA VIA UD

Andrews: Great performance by Brown. I didn’t expect him to pepper Barberena like that.

MAIN EVENT

#5 RENATO MOICANO VS. #12 CHANG SUNG JUNG 

 

WINNER: CHAN SUNG JUNG VIA TKO R1 0:58

ANDREWS PREDICTION: RENATO MOICANO VIA UD

Andrews: Fantastic win by the Zombie. I was cage side way back when he beat Mark Hominick in 7 seconds and he bounces back in a similar way Saturday night. Awesome stuff.

@kenaiandrews

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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