Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight brawlers Chan Sung Jung and Dennis Bermudez will clash TONIGHT (Feb. 4, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 104 inside Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
It’s been a very long time since Jung last competed inside the Octagon in a failed bid to capture the Featherweight title. He’s been away on mandatory military service for much of that time, but Jung has also remained active in the gym, so there’s hope that he won’t be too rusty tonight. While Jung has been away, Bermudez has been actively competing against the best in the world. He’s rebounded from a pair of tough losses with two dominant victories, and now Bermudez has a chance to get back into the title mix.
Let’s take a look at the keys to victory for each athlete:
Chan Sung Jung
Key Wins: Dustin Poirier (UFC on Fuel TV 3), Mark Hominick (UFC 140), Leonard Garcia (UFC Fight Night 24)
Key Losses: Jose Aldo (UFC 163), George Roop (WEC 51)
Keys to Victory: Jung is one of the most exciting athletes in the sport, an aggressive boxer with slick submission skills. He’s ended all but two of his foes inside the distance, as Jung relentlessly attacks until the finish materializes.
Opposite Bermudez, Jung just needs to find his moment.
For all his improvements, Bermudez cannot seem to help walking into counter punches. To take advantage of that trait, Jung needs to bait Bermudez into a brawl before backing away.
Jung is one of the few men who can happily engage Bermudez in the pocket — both men are sharp sluggers from there. That said, Jung has a fair chance of taking hard punches himself in those exchanges, which is the reason he should attack and then bait Bermudez.
If Jung is able to score with a couple of punches and back away, Bermudez will definitely pursue him. Bermudez occasionally forgets to defend himself while chasing, which will result in opportunities for Jung to hurt “The Menace.”
Few are better at finishing a wounded foe than Jung.
Key Wins: Max Holloway (UFC 160), Clay Guida (UFC on FOX 12), Tatsuya Kawajiri (UFC Fight Night 83), Rony Jason (UFC Fight Night 92)
Key Losses: Ricardo Lamas (UFC 180), Jeremy Stephens (UFC 189), Diego Brandao (TUF 14 Finale)
Keys to Victory: Bermudez is a powerful and compact athlete. His wrestling background has proven to be very effective inside the cage, and Bermudez has also developed a brutal kickboxing game that compliments his physical gifts.
In this bout, Bermudez needs to take advantage of the five rounds provided in this main event. In a straight up slug fest or technical kickboxing match, there’s a pretty good chance that Bermudez will get hurt and have his night end early.
While both men push a hard pace, Jung tends to slow down at times and become much more hittable. Bermudez can encourage that by relying on grueling tactics that wear down the gas tank and body, such as his brutal low kicks.
Additionally, Bermudez should be looking to clinch often. Jung is a skilled wrestler from that position as well, but he’s not likely to match Bermudez’s physicality. From that range, Bermudez will be able to land the better shots while slowing down “Korean Zombie.”
If Bermudez can make this bout a war of attrition, he should be able to pull ahead in the latter half of the bout.
Bottom Line: This is nearly guaranteed to be an excellent fight, and it’s very relevant to the Featherweight title picture. Plus, Chan Sung Jung is back!
Jung is certainly in a unique position ahead of this match up, seeing as his last loss was a title fight 42 months ago. Win or lose, Jung’s primary goal should be to shake off some rust and remind everyone what he brings to the table. If Jung does pull off the victory, he’s right back where he left off. In fact, his next match up could easily be a title eliminator bout. Should Jung come up short, a lot of the consequences will depend on his actual performance. A loss after so long is forgivable if Jung has some strong moments, but it would a completely different situation if Bermudez blows him out of the water.
As for Bermudez, this is a massive fight regardless of his opponent’s absence. If Bermudez can pull off the win in exciting fashion, he’s ready to throw down with someone in the top five next. The stakes are high all-around for Bermudez. If he comes up short here, he’s lost three of his last five. Even considering his level of competition, that many defeats will shutdown Bermudez’s title aspirations for the time being.
At UFC Fight Night 104, Chan Sung Jung and Dennis Bermudez will duel. Which fighter will remain standing when the dust settles?
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