By Cody Roark
The two fought in Saturday’s featherweight main event at UFC Fight Night in Busan, South Korea. The fight was originally supposed to be Chan Sung Jung versus Brian Ortega. However, Ortega, ranked 3 overall in the division, pulled out of the fight due to an injury. Luckily, Frankie Edgar, ranked 9 overall in the division, stepped up to the plate. The Korean Zombie can still take this opportunity boost his number 8 ranking in the featherweight division even though he’s no longer facing the number 3 ranked opponent. With Jung pulling off a victory this Saturday he’s sure to be on deck for a chance at the title of Undisputed Featherweight Champion of the World. Frankie Edgar and Chan Sung Jung have both put on quite a show for the main event.
Frankie “The Answer” Edgar had entered the fight coming off a loss to featherweight champion Max Holloway. Holloway successfully defended his title against The Answer back in July at UFC 240. Edgar had planned to make a move down to bantamweight for his next fight, before being asked to fill in for Ortega. He is still currently booked to fight Cory Sandhagen at UFC Raleigh on January 25, 2020 in the bantamweight division. The Answer has nine total title fights on his record, which includes three defenses from his time as the lightweight champion. Frankie Edgar is definitely a top-of-the-line fighter with a history of staying at the top of whatever division he’s in.
The Korean Zombie had entered the octagon coming off a victory over Renato Moicano at UFC Greenville earlier this year in June. Sung knocked out Moicano in only 58 seconds in his usual, action-packed style. He is known for putting on fights with nonstop action and for his renowned durability in the octagon. Hence the name, Korean Zombie, he always comes back for more. Chan Jung Sung was also the first fighter to ever end a bout with the technique known as “the twister.” Sung came back from a near four-year absence, due to Korea’s mandatory military service policy, in 2017. He’s done well since stepping back into the UFC. In total, The Korean Zombie has now won six of the last seven fights he’s had.
Jung waited for an opening as soon as the fight began, and after avoiding a takedown, he found it, stunning Edgar with a short left upstairs before dropping Edgar moments later. Jung moved in for the finish and got on The Answer’s back. The New Jersey native was able to stay active enough to avoid the finish and got back to his feet. However, he was still on unsteady legs and, after a second knockdown, referee Marc Goddard stopped the bout. The official time of the stoppage was 3:18 of round one.
No matter who you rooted for Edgar and Sung did not disappoint fans around the world. Both are grade-A mixed martial artists and left it all in the octagon. The Korean Zombie had the homefield advantage and it showed. Edgar gave the fight his all, but it just wasn’t enough. Either way, this was an amazing fight for the UFC to finish off 2019.