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UFC Denver live blog: Korean Zombie vs. Yair Rodriguez

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This is the UFC Denver live blog for Chan Sung Jung vs. Yair Rodriguez, a featherweight bout at Saturday’s UFC event at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

Chan Sung Jung, who has won four of his last five dating back to March 2011, faces Rodriguez, who is coming off of his first loss in seven UFC appearance, in the main event.

Check out the UFC Denver live blog below.

Round 1: Kevin MacDonald the third man in the cage. Both fighters trading low kicks to start, Rodriguez with a nice straight jab to back Jung up. Flurry by Jung, but Rodriguez avoids the worst of it. Well-timed leg kick by Rodriguez as Jung lunges in. Jung fires off a few uppercuts in the clinch. The leg kicks are money for Rodriguez. Stiff jab by Rodriguez lands. His straight punches are finding a home. He throws a front kick up the middle. Jung with another flurry that Rodriguez avoids. Rodriguez goes for a takedown and Jung almost makes him pay in the ensuing scramble, but the buzzer sounds.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Rodriguez

Round 2: Jung ducks a high kick. He’s walking forward and takes a spin kick to the body. Jung lands a hard kick of his own and then muscles Rodriguez against the fence. Rodriguez reverses positions. Low knee by Rodriguez and we have a break in the action. After a brief stoppage, they’re reset in the center of the cage. High kick, partially blocked by Jung. Lunging jab for Jung lands. He takes a couple of oblique kicks, but scores with another straight punch. Jung closes the distance and eats a short spinning elbow, then hunts for a body lock. He trips Rodriguez down, but Rodriguez is able to shrug him off before Jung can establish position. Jabs by Jung, they trade right hands almost simultaneously. Jumping knee by Rodriguez, followed by a head kick and Jung is staying in the pocket with him. They briefly clinch and then trade punches on separation. Jung turning up the heat to close the round.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Jung. Overall, 19-19.

Round 3: They trade hard jabs early on. Rodriguez opening up his arsenal, he throws a spinning kick and then a cartwheel kick, neither technique landing with much impact. Jung sticking with his boxing. Rodriguez answers with some snapping kicks to the body. Jab lands for Jung. Rodriguez lands another body kick, but Jung keeps marching forward and throwing head shots. 1-2 combo, Jung marching forward with straight punches and Rodriguez is circling away in full defense mode now. Rodriguez’s body kicks continue to find a home. Rodriguez pumping the jab, then connects with a big head kick. He’s slipping punches and lands a hard one of his own. It looks like Rodriguez is finding the range. Jung jabs Rodriguez and makes him miss on a wild punch. Rolling axe kick by Rodriguez misses and that only seems to make Jung angry, he tries to end with a flurry, but Rodriguez gets out of there.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Rodriguez. Overall, 29-28 Rodriguez.

Round 4: Uppercut clips Rodriguez, he gets his defenses up to deflect the follow-up punches. Leg kicks still landing for Rodriguez, but he’s not avoiding the counter-punches as well as he was before. 1-2 for Jung, Rodriguez with a glancing spinning back fist. Rodriguez pushes Jung down, he can’t capitalize, eating a jab as he charges in. Rodriguez answers with a jab of his own. Neither man having much luck avoiding punches now. Rodriguez with a low kick-high switch kick combo. Jung finds a big right and Rodriguez stumbles to the fence. Rodriguez hits a jumping knee to the body. They return to the center and Rodriguez appears to be complaining about an accidental groin shot. MacDonald doesn’t call for a break in the action, but Jung gives him time to recover anyway. When the action resumes, it’s Jung beating Rodriguez to the punch now. Hard body kick by Rodriguez, then he goes for a rolling leg lock, which Jung avoids. Jung with a crisp right hand before the round ends.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Jung. Overall, 38-38.

Round 5: A hug to start the final round. Oblique kicks by Rodriguez. Jung closes the distance quickly and that right hand connects again. Right hand counter by Jung. Rodriguez having a rough time avoiding Jung’s straight punches. Superman punch by Rodriguez. Jung with the right hand, Rodriguez answers with a spinning kick to the body. Nice counter right by Rodriguez, still Jung scores with his punches. Jung blocks a takedown and clips Rodriguez with a left hook. 1-2 combo for Rodriguez. They take a moment to appreciate the crowd response. Outside leg kick by Rodriguez. Another exchange of punches, both men’s faces bloodied. Straight left lands clean for Jung. Rodriguez lands a spinning back fist. Jung eats some low kicks and then counters with punches over the top. Jung charges in for a final flurry and it looks like Rodriguez landed a counter elbow from an insane angle that dropped Jung face first onto the mat. The buzzer sounds and it looks like Jung is out cold.

Official result: Yair Rodriguez def. Chan Sung Jung via KO (elbow) at 4:59 of round five


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