The UFC is back Saturday with a good card in Greenville, South Carolina, and we’re here to highlight our two favorite fights from the event. Read on, below, for a rundown of the card’s main event and a possible sleeper fight.
Renato "Moicano" Carneiro (13-2-1) vs. Chan Sung Jung (14-5)
Moicano has recently lost to title-challenger Brian Ortega and Jose Aldo, who just happens to be the best featherweight in MMA history. Other than that, the 30-year-old Brazilian has never lost.
Coming off his loss to Aldo in February, his confidence may be lacking as he heads into the contest against Jung. Whether or not Moicano’s head has had enough time to rest between training camps and bouts since getting TKO’d in February is another, unknown matter.
If Moicano is relatively sharp and healthy, he could very well rebound nicely against the South Korean former title-challenger. “The Korean Zombie” has gone 1-1 since his 2013 championship loss to Aldo, subsequent injury and years away from competition due to obligatory military work in his home country.
Jung beat Dennis Bermudez by KO in 2017 in his return bout but was memorably knocked out at 4:59 of the fifth round by Yair Rodriguez last November. Jung may very well have lost some of his prime years while enlisted in the military, and at 32 years of age in a speed-dependent division he’s unlikely to return to younger form fully, but he’s still a great, skilled, brave, and dangerous fighter.
This bout is anyone’s to win or lose. Moicano should succeed but Jung is never out of a fight and stays composed and focused until the end.
Andrea Lee (10-2) vs. Montana De La Rosa (10-4)
This is the fight to look out for on the main card. Lee vs. De La Rosa is an exciting matchup between two of the flyweight division’s best prospects.
De La Rosa has yet to lose in the Octagon and has won her last four fights, overall. Lee has won an incredible six-straight fights, including a current two-fight win streak in the UFC.
Lee is capable everywhere in the fight, with strong takedowns and underrated punching power. De La Rosa is a phenomenal mat grappler with excellent submission finishing ability.
The winner of this fight could very well find themselves just a few more wins away from a world title fight. With the stakes and talent so high in this fight, we’re betting it will be a contest worth watching.
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