To return almost two years after the biggest beatings in his career and defeat a fighter whom everyone already sees in the attack on the title and who in those two years left the impression of the best form in his career? Yes, that’s exactly what Brian Ortega did in the fight against Chan Sung Jung in a way that almost no one expected.
He surpassed the Korean fighter in the fight on his feet, winning all five rounds. Already in the first two rounds, Ortega managed to impose the pace and hit very well from the movement. Proof that the Korean is facing a difficult night was as many as two "knockdowns", one in each round, of which the one from the other was especially impressive when he hit his chin beautifully with his elbow.
Although the first two rounds brought those two key moments, the third was the best that “T-City” provided, and in the remaining two he was good enough and actually superior compared to his opponent. According to the referee cards, he took all five rounds, which is actually amazing.
In his UFC fights so far, Ortega has taken only one round to the end and is actually famous for the reversals of the fights after 0: 2. Plus, he hasn’t surpassed anyone in punches in his entire UFC career, and now he’s convincingly made it one of the best hitters in the category.
Is this one new Brian Ortega?
Speaking of the new, in the fly category we have a new potential challenger, and that is Jessica Andrade. She defeated Katlyn Chookagian at the very end with a break in the first round.
On her way out of the clinch, she hit a fantastic crochet gum in the liver, and her opponent turned her back with a grimace on her face and tried to escape. Failing to do so, Andrade grabbed her and threw her to the floor once more, followed by a break.
She thus became the first UFC fighter in history to win in three different divisions, but probably also the first challenger in her new category. The impressive performance and the most beautiful knockout of the show were written by Jimmy Crute, with a surgically measured right crochet right in the chin of Modestas Bukauskas.
He tried to get up, but he also received an uppercut in his chin, which ended the fight. The first two fights of the main program ended with convincing referee decisions. James Krause accepted the fight as a substitute and then broke a 14-game unbeaten run by Claudio Silva, while Jonathan Martinez also jumped in as a substitute against Thomas Almeida, but that didn’t create a problem for him in coming to a convincing win.
In the main fight of the introductory program, the former double KSW champion Mateusz Gamrot suffered his first defeat in his career. He was also defeated by the extremely talented Guram Kutateladze with a divided decision in one great fight.
The Georgian is one of Khamzat Chimaev's best friends, who was in his corner. Gillian Robertson defeated Poliana Botelho with a dominant performance in the second and third rounds, but "Savage" was not happy that the victory did not come with a break.
Jun Yong Park defeated John Phillips in one of the most dominant manners we’ve had a chance to see, while Fares Ziam came to a victory over Jamie Mullarkey with a somewhat controversial decision. Maxim Grishin defeated Gadzhimurad Antigulov with a break towards the end of the second round, while Said Nurmagomedov opened the event with a beautiful knockout victory against Mark Striegel.