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UFC on ESPN+ 38: Brian Ortega shuts out Korean Zombie

Brian Ortega came into Fight Island and took a convincing unanimous decision victory over No. 4 Chan Sung Jung in the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 38 Saturday night.

Ortega, who was sporting a freshly shaved bald-head and had not fought since UFC 231 in December 2018, outworked Jung, using a Jon Jones-like spinning back elbow late in the second round to knock him down. Jung tried to aggressively look for openings, but had to settle for landing the occasional strike.

Meanwhile, Ortega, who is known for his vaunted ground game, used an impressive assortment of kicks to the body and stiff jabs to pile up the points and stake his claim to the featherweight title shot conversation.

The judges scored it 50-45, 50-45, and 50-45.

With the win, Ortega likely cements himself as the top contender for Alexander Volkanovski’s featherweight crown.

Jessica Andrade and Jimmy Crute earned performances of the night, while Guram Kutateladze and Mateusz Gamrot 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:

SAID NURMAGOMEDOV DEF. MARK STRIEGL VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 0:51

MAXIM GRISHIN DEF. GADZHIMURAD ANTIGULOV VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 4:58

FARES ZIAM DEF. JAMIE MULLARKEY VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

JUN YONG PARK DEF. JOHN PHILLIPS VIA UD (30-25, 30-25, 30-25)

GILLIAN ROBERTSON DEF. POLIANA BOTELHO VIA UD (29-28, 29-27, 29-27)

GURAM KUTATELADZE DEF. MATEUSZ GAMROT VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

MAIN CARD 

THOMAS ALMEIDA VS. JONATHAN MARTINEZ 

 

WINNER: JONATHAN MARTINEZ VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: THOMAS ALMEIDA VIA UD 

Andrews: Martinez looked like a seasoned veteran, keeping Almeida on the outside while being more active. Good win.

Andrews Prediction: Thomas Almeida via UD

CLAUDIO SILVA VS. JAMES KRAUSE 

 

WINNER: JAMES KRAUSE VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JAMES KRAUSE VIA UD

Andrews: Krause outworked a valiant Silva with an injured knee.

JIMMY CRUTE VS. MODESTAS BUKAUSKAS 

 

WINNER: JIMMY CRUTE VIA KO (PUNCHES) R1 2:01

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JIMMY CRUTE VIA TKO

Andrews: Wow! Jimmy C comes through again with the spectacular finish.

#1 KATLYN CHOOKAGIAN VS. #2-SW JESSICA ANDRADE 

 

WINNER: JESSICA ANDRADE VIA TKO (BODY SHOT) R1 4:55

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KATLYN CHOOKAGIAN VIA SD

Andrews: Wow! Jessica broke through the striking and landed some of her own. Impressive finishing a striker who hadn’t been stopped before.

MAIN EVENT

#2 BRIAN ORTEGA VS.  #4 CHAN SUNG JUNG 

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1317637278408298499?s=20

 

WINNER: BRIAN ORTEGA VIA UD (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CHANG SUNG JUNG VIA TKO

Andrews: Ortega looked sharp. What layoff? Zombie tried, but Ortega was one step ahead of him.

@kenaiandrews

KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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