UFC Vegas 29 goes down this weekend at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas. In the main event, ‘The Korean Zombie’ takes on Dan Ige in a high-octane top-ten featherweight contest.
‘The Korean Zombie’ is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Brian Ortega at UFC Fight Island 6, while Ige is coming off a spectacular first-round knockout victory over Gavin Tucker at UFC Vegas 21.
Jung Chan Sung is a huge step up in competition for Ige, but it’s also a very crucial fight for the Korean, and a loss would be a major setback for the top-five contender. It’s also an intriguing matchup as both fighters are predominantly kickboxers with an extremely underrated ground game.
Analysis And Prediction
‘The Korean Zombie’ and Ige are very well-matched in all departments. Statistically, there’s not a lot between them. Jung lands a total of 4.25 significant strikes per minute on average, while Ige lands 3.95.
The two also absorb a lot of strikes in their fights. ‘The Korean Zombie’ absorbs 3.77 significant strikes per minute on average, with the Hawaiian absorbing a total of 3.36.
Ige is a very technical striker who out strikes people with volume. He’s also faster than the Busan native, who keeps pressing forward and landing big shots. Both fighters have a great amount of power in their hands and are very durable, so we should expect a slugfest if they stand and trade at UFC Vegas 29.
Both fighters have a very underrated ground game, although Ige usually utilises more of it during his fights, and he might be the one initiating grappling exchanges this weekend. However, ‘The Korean Zombie’ has a good enough takedown defence to keep the fight on the feet.
All in all, it will be a back-and-forth kickboxing contest, with Ige getting his hand raised on the night.
Prediction: Dan Ige by decision
‘The Korean Zombie’ (-110)
Dan Ige (-110)
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