UFC on ESPN+ 38: Ortega vs. Korean Zombie predictions
The UFC is in Fight Island as featherweights No. 2 Brian Ortega and No. 4 Chan Sung Jung settle title shot contention matters in the main event Saturday night.
All 22 fighters made weight, including a bald-head Ortega.
Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.
MAIN CARD (7PM ET/4PM PT)
THOMAS ALMEIDA (21-3-0) VS. JONATHAN MARTINEZ (12-3-0)
Andrews: Almeida is on a two fight skid. He is exciting to watch, but needs a win here. Experience should give him the slight edge here.
Andrews Prediction: Thomas Almeida via UD
CLAUDIA SILVA (14-1-0) VS. JAMES KRAUSE (27-8-0)
Andrews: Krause took his last fight on short notice. A fairly even matchup that depends on where the fight goes. Krause needs to keep it standing, while Silva wins on the ground. Going with Krause to find a way.
Andrews: James Krause via UD
JIMMY CRUTE (11-1-0) VS. MODESTAS BUKAUSKAS (11-2-0)
Andrews: This is a good one. Both pretty much the same physically, with Crute having the experience advantage. Giving Crute the slight edge here.
Andrews Prediction: Jimmy Crute via TKO
#1 KATLYN CHOOKAGIAN (14-3-0) VS. #2-SW JESSICA ANDRADE (20-8-0)
Andrews: Does Chookagian have the striking to keep Andrade from taking her down? I think she does, but it will be close.
Andrews Prediction: Katlyn Chookagian via SD
#2 BRIAN ORTEGA (14-1-0, 1NC) VS. #4 CHAN SUNG JUNG (16-5-0)
Andrews: Ortega might be able to outsmart Zombie on the ground, but Zombie has some ground skills himself and will be gunning for him everywhere else.
Andrews Prediction: Chan Sung Jung via TKO