UFC Fight Night: Moicano vs. The Korean Zombie

UFC Fight Night: Moicano vs. The Korean Zombie Preview

A preview of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night card, set to take place in Greenville, S.C.

Updated: June 19, 2019 • 5:40 PM ET

The "Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung is looking to rebound from a tough loss.

A featherweight fight between Renato Moicano and the “Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung will headline UFC Fight Night this Saturday at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, S.C.

The No. 5 ranked Moicano will try to rebound from a second-round TKO loss to former champion Jose Aldo in February, which was only the second loss of his career. The other loss was to former title challenger Brian Ortega at UFC 214 in 2017, a fight Moicano dominated through two rounds before being caught in a submission early in the third round.

The 30-year-old Moicano has key wins over Jeremy Stephens, Calvin Kattar and Cub Swanson, while he’s also one win away from being back in title contention after his most recent loss to a future Hall of Famer. The Brazilian fighter, however, believes he learned from his loss to Aldo.

“You keep imagining these big champions,” Moicano recently told Combate. “They’re huge, but they’re people like us. So I started to fight him.

“I moved, I watched him move. I watched him react to my strikes, and I thought to myself ‘Damn, this guy is a guy just like me’. That made me lose focus a little bit. That fight taught me that once you get in there, you have to go all the way without thinking. That’s the key. You must be focused. You must always respect your opponent, but you can’t get involved in the fight. I think that’s what I learned.”

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Moicano not only wants to make a run for the title, he wants to put on a show for the fans in Greenville this weekend.

“He’s (Jung) a tough guy,” Moicano said. “He’s not well-ranked, because he didn’t fight so much for the past three years, but he’s tough. I always ask the UFC for the best fighters, and I think he will help me get more recognition.

“Everyone knows ‘The Korean Zombie.’ He has this cool nickname, he has this aggressive style, and this fight is a candidate for Fight of the Night, even Fight of the Year. That’s what I want. I want to put on a show.”

The 32-year-old Jung received his “cool nickname” for his ability to take punishment but keep pressing forward against his opponents. The No. 12 ranked Zombie, like Moicano, has also been TKO’d by Aldo and wil try to rebound from a tough loss.

Jung was on the receiving end of arguably one of the greatest knockouts of all time against Yair Rodriguez in November. The knockout came at the closing seconds of the fifth round of their headlining fight at UFC Fight Night 139. The Zombie, though, has key victories over Dennis Bermudez, Dustin Poirier, Mark Hominick and Leonard Garcia in his UFC career.

Jung was absent from the Octagon from September 2013 through January 2017 to serve a mandatory two-year military service term for his native country of South Korea. He’s 2-2 in his last four fights, but a win over Moicano could re-introduce the Korean Zombie as a title contender in the featherweight division.

Co-main event - Update: The fight between John Lineker and Rob Font has been cancelled due to an injury suffered by Lineker.

In a rematch from 2016, Saturday’s co-main event will be a bantamweight bout between No. 10 John Lineker and No. 12 Rob Font. Lineker won the first encounter at UFC 198 by unanimous decision.

Font was originally scheduled to fight Cody Stamann this weekend, but a shoulder injury forced Stamann out of the fight and Lineker gladly stepped in on short notice.

Considering he made his UFC debut in 2012, it’s hard to believe that Lineker is still just 29 years old. He’s 12-4 in the UFC, but coming off a split-decision loss to Cory Sandhagen in April.

Now that Lineker has found a home at 135 pounds after struggling to make 125, he has emerged as one of the hardest-hitting bantamweights, complemented with a durable chin. He has key victories over Font, Brian Kelleher, John Dodson, Ian McCall and Michael McDonald.

Font is coming off perhaps the biggest win of his career in December when he defeated rising contender Sergio Pettis by unanimous decision. Font is 2-2 in his last four fights, but the losses have come to top contenders Raphael Assuncao and Pedro Munhoz, with the other win coming against another young contender in Thomas Almeida.

Font is happy to get the chance to redeem himself against Lineker.

“He was vocal on social media and he wanted to stay busy, and obviously he just lost and I knew he wanted to jump right back in there,” Font recently told MMA Junkie. “I’ve wanted this fight since I’ve lost to him. It just all made sense.”

 

The rest of the main card on ESPN+

Welterweight bout - Bryan Barberena vs. Randy Brown

Women's flyweight bout - No. 10 Andrea Lee vs. No. 11 Montana De La Rosa

Middleweight bout - Kevin Holland vs. Alessio Di Chirico

 

ESPN2 Prelims

Featherweight bout - Dan Ige vs. Kevin Aguilar

Women's strawweight bout - Ashley Yoder vs. Syuri Kondo

Lightweight bout - Matt Wiman vs. Luis Peña

Heavyweight bout - Allen Crowder vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik

Women's flyweight bout - Ariane Lipski vs. Molly McCann

Middleweight bout - Deron Winn vs. Bruno Silva

 

Bantamweight bout - Andre Ewell vs. Anderson Dos Santos

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