Chan Sung Jung (16-5-0) delivered an emphatic victory to his South Korean home crowd in the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 23 today in Busan.
Currently ranked No. 6, Jung entered the octagon looking for a quick finish. After rebuffing Frankie Edgar’s initial takedown attempts, Jung connected on a left hand counter that stunned “The Answer.”
Jung immediately pounced, raining strikes that the No. 4 Edgar somehow survived, but then capitulated under the immense volume of Jung. Referee Marc Goddard called the bout at 3:18 of the very first frame.
The win builds on Jung’s previously impressive victory over Renato Moicano at UFC on ESPN+ 12 in June. He is almost certain to leapfrog into the upper echelon of the top-5 rankings.
Since getting stopped for the first time in his career by Brian Ortega at UFC 222 in March 2018, the 38 year old Edgar (23-8-1) has now lost three of his last four bouts.
Charles Jourdain and Doo Ho Choi earned Fight of the Night, while Jung and Alexandre Patoja took home performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.
Well not what I had planned coming out here to South Korea, but win like a man and lose like one too. Hats off to the @KoreanZombie on a great performance. I think it may be time to cut this damn hair. Thank you to my family, team, and fans for the love and support. #Fe
— Frankie Edgar (@FrankieEdgar) December 21, 2019
In other bouts:
HEILI ALATENG DEF. RYAN BENOIT VIA SD (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
AMANDA LEMOS DEF. MIRANDA GRANGER VIA TECH SUBMISSION (RNC) R1 3:43
RAONI BARCELOS DEF. SAID NURMAGOMEDOV VIA UD (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
ALEXANDRE PATOJA DEF. MATT SCHNELL VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 4:17
OMAR ANTONIO MORALES FERRER DEF. DONG HYUN MA VIA UD (30-27, 30-26, 29-28)
SEUNG WOO CHOI DEF. SUMAN MOKHTARIAN VIA UD (29-26, 29-26, 29-25)
CIRYL GANE DEF. TANNER BOSER VIA UD (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
KYUNG HO KANG DEF. LIU PINGYUAN VIA SD (29-29, 29-28, 30-27)
JUN YONG PARK DEF. MARC-ANDRE BARRIAULT VIA UD (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
DA UN JUNG DEF. MIKE RODGRIGUEZ VIA KO (PUNCHES) R1 1:04
VOLKAN OEZDEMIR DEF. ALEKSANDAR RAKIC VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
The UFC now returns to Las Vegas fir UFC 246, which features Conor McGregor taking on Donald Cerrone in the main event.