The Korean Zombie is back!
UFC on ESPN+ 12 took place at the Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina and featured a featherweight contender matchup between Jung Chan-Sung and Renato Moicano. With both fighters coming off losses, this was a pivotal match for both 145lbers.
Jung landed first with a solid leg kick and took his time to make reads. Once the Zombie chants started, he collapsed Moicano with a counter overhand right, left hook combination. While he swarmed with some ground and pound, his opponent gave up his back.
After patiently waiting on Moicano to react, Jung flattened him out and reigned down some destructive punches to end the contest in 58 seconds.
With the South Korean flag draped over his shoulders, Jung stated to Michael Bisping,
“This was the combination I practiced for a long time because I knew it would be available in the fight.”
Jung (15-5) recovers from a devastating knocked out loss to Yair Rodriguez seven months prior in Denver and puts himself into the conversation for a title eliminator. Meanwhile, Moicano (13-3) drops his second consecutive fight by knockout, and loses any momentum he has created for himself.
In the co-headliner, Randy Brown picked up the biggest win of his UFC career by knocking out the always durable Bryan Barberena with body shots in the final round. With this impressive outing ‘Rude Boy’ bounces back from a forgettable TKO loss to Niko Price and elevates his record to 11-3 while his opponent drops to 14-7.
Earlier in the night, Japanese strawweight Syuri Kondo (6-3) made her fourth appearance in the Octagon and was taken to the ground and controlled for the most part of three rounds without much resistance leading to an unanimous decision loss to a resurgent Ashley Yoder (7-4).
After winning her promotional debut, the former Queen of Pancrase has been completely dominated by the competition and now has lost three in a row. It will be difficult to justify her spot on the roster moving forward with the type of performances she has been putting on.