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In cased you missed any of the action or just want to relive some of the hard-hitting check out the highlight videos from Saturday night’s UFC Fight Night event. See the Korean Zombie take on Dennis Bermudez as well has highlights from the highly anticipated strawweight bout between Alexa Grasso and Felice Herrig. All highlight are courtesy of Fox Sports 1.
Dennis Bermudez vs. The Korean Zombie Hightlights:
Alexa Grasso vs. Felice Herrig Highlights:
Abel Trujillo vs. James Vick Highlights:
Ovince Saint Preux vs. Volkan Oezdemir Highlights:
Anthony Hamilton vs. Marcel Fortuna Hightlights:
Jessica Andrade vs. Angela Hill Highlights:
On the eve of the Superbowl the UFC held a Fight Night event in the same city. The Toyota Center in Houston played host to a action packed night of fights. The night’s main event saw the return of fan favorite Chan Sung Jung a.k.a. The Korean Zombie as he took on number nine ranked featherweight Dennis “The Menace” Bermudez. Also on the card was a pivotal strawweight bout between the up and coming Alexa Grasso and MMA veteran Felice Herrig.
Below are the full results from Saturday night’s event.
Main Card Results:
- The Korean Zombie def. Dennis Bermudez via KO in Round 1 at 2:29
- Felice Herrig def. Alexa Grasso via unanimous decision
- James Vick def. Abel Trujillo via submission in Round 3 at 0:49
- Volkan Oezdemir def. Ovince Saint Preux via spilt decision
- Marcel Fortuna def. Anthony Hamilton via KO in Round 1 at 3:10
- Jessica Andrade def. Angela Hill via unanimous decision
Preliminary Card Results:
- Curtis Blaydes def. Adam Milstead via TKO in Round 2 at 0:59
- Chas Skelly def. Chris Gruetzemacher via submission in Round 2 at 2:01
- Ricardo Lucas Ramos def. Michinori Tanaka via unanimous decision
- Tecia Torres def. Bec Rawlings via unanimous decision
- Niko Price def. Alex Morono via knockout in Round 2 at 5:00
- Khalil Rountree def. Daniel Jolly via knockout in Round 1 at 0:52
The Korean Zombie returns after a long layoff hoping to regain his spot atop of the rankings in the featherweight division but will Dennis Bermudez spoil his UFC homecoming?
On Saturday February 4th the eve of the Superbowl the UFC will host a Fight Night in Houston, the same city that will host the big game. On paper the card pales in comparison to past Superbowl eve events due to its lack of superstar name power. Despite this fight fans are well aware that there is potential for non-stop action throughout the card especially with the night’s main event. Number nine ranked featherweight and former “Ultimate Fighter” finalist Dennis “the Menace” Burmudez will take on returning fan favorite Chan Sung Jung, better known as the “Korean Zombie”.
Jung (13-4) makes his UFC return after three and a half years away from action. The popular featherweight last competed in 2013 when he dropped a title fight against Jose Aldo. Shortly after the fight Jung announced that he would begin his mandatory military service for his home country of South Korea. Jung rose to popularity after his featured preliminary fight at WEC 48 against Leonard Garcia stole the show. The fight was considered by many as fight of the year for 2010 and was helped tremendously by airing live on Spike TV. Jung would lose the controversial split decision but gained a ton of fans from his effort inside the cage.
After the WEC closed, Jung took his talents to the UFC where he quickly rattled off three consecutive wins. One of those wins was a spectacular submission victory over Garcia. Jung got revenge of sorts by defeating Garcia via a twister, a very rare submission technique.
Jung received a shot at the featherweight title against Jose Aldo at UFC 163. Jung lasted four rounds with the champion and but a shoulder injury that accord during the fight hindered his offense and he would go onto lose via TKO. That was the last time Jung was seen in any type of martial arts action. He was one of the top fighters in the featherweight division before he left and despite losing two plus years in the military he is still only 29 years old and can have another three good years of competition left in him.
Giving his reputation it is easy to see why UFC matchmakers have pitted Jung up against Berumudez. Bermudez (16-5), like Jung, has a habit of throwing caution to the wind during his fights and has delivered some memorable moments of his own. It seems that at least one time in all of his fights there is a moment where one of his opponents lands a big shot and drops Berumdez but some he miraculously seems to pop right back up and come forward.
After dropping his UFC debut, Bermudez went on a seven-fight win streak before dropping back-to-back contest. He has bounced back to win his last two fights and will be looking to extend it to three and ruin Jung’s homecoming all in the same night.
If both fighters live up to their reputation this main event bout will sure to have just as much action as the Superbowl on Sunday. If the fight lasts one round or five rounds both men are sure to go for broke as soon as they enter the cage. Bermudez is a wrestler and a grinder with an incredible chin and endurance. Jung has eight career submission victories and can counter the grappling of Bermudez with his submissions. That may lead to a straight up stand up fight that will sure to entertain both the fans in attendance and the fans watching at home.
Alexa Grasso cruised to a unanimous decision victory in her UFC debut but Felice Herrig looks to make Grasso’s second go around in the UFC a lot harder.
Despite having a dominant champion in Joanna Jedrzejczyk the UFC’s strawweight division is not lacking in personalities to promote the division and keep the interest level at a high with fans. Alexa Grasso and Felice Herrig are two of those personalities that have the fans interest and being placed as the co-main event for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night event is only proof of that.
Grasso (9-0) was a standout during her time in Invicta FC an in her two years there she compiled a 4-0 record before moving on to the UFC. In her debut she defeated Heather Clark via a unanimous decision furthering her supporter’s claims as being one of the top up and coming talents in women’s mixed marital arts. Four of her nine career wins have come by way of knockout and in her UFC debut she landed 65 significant strikes and landed 120 total strikes.
The UFC’s desire to expand into the Mexican market has been no secret and being a native of Mexico Grasso is definitely high on the interest level of the UFC. With Cain Velasquez being injured quite often the UFC needs stars to showcase to fans in Mexico and the Mexican-American fight fans in the United States. Grasso could fit the bill nicely if she can put together some key wins in the UFC.
Herrig (11-6) is no stranger to being pitted against a fighter who has a high marketability promise. She faced Paige VanZant in what was only VanZant’s second career UFC bout. The similarities between her bout with VanZant and Grasso are too big to ignore. Being a tough fighter and being a gatekeeper are two different things entirely. For VanZant to be truly considered legit she had to beat Herrig and the same can be said for Grasso. For Herrig, being the first big test for any up and coming fighter may not be a role she wants but at 32 years old her time for a push at the title may be running out. Herring was a contestant on the “Ultimate Fighter” though she did not with the tournament she did win her UFC debut against Lisa Ellis. After he loss to VanZant she bounced back with a submission win over Kailin Curran last summer.
This bout is really a story of a potential star going up against a veteran who feels as though her time is not up to make an impact in the division.