UFC Greenville: Renato Moicano vs Chan Sung Jung
By Alex Conway
The UFC takes its traveling circus to Greenville, South Carolina on Saturday. The event is headlined by Renato Moicano and “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung.
This card will go head-to-head with a Bellator card airing on tape delay in the United States, as well as the bare-knuckle boxing event featuring Paulie Malignaggi and Artem Lobov.
If the Bellator card wasn’t on tape delay, it would far exceed the UFC offering in the United States and for European audiences it is surely topping the charts.
Renato Moicano vs. Chan Sung Jung
Both fighters are elite featherweights, two of the more exciting ones at that, but I would describe both as being a notch below championship caliber.
It’s not to say that neither is capable of displaying more than they have (especially in the case of Moicano), but they both feel like finished products that aren’t quite fulfilling their potential.
For Chan Sung Jung, he’s simply seen too many bouts of inactivity to get a read on him now, and over the course of his career. He’s coming off a November loss against Yair Rodriguez that he should have won. He lost via last second knockout on a Hail Mary elbow thrown by Rodriguez in the closing moments of the fifth round.
For Moicano, his last outing was against his stiffest competition. He lost via second round stoppage to former featherweight champion Jose Aldo in February.
Heading into the fight it feels like Jung is the more shopworn of the two. But he has a sneaky way of getting fighters to fight his fight, where he can rain fire and fury on them in chaotic exchanges and unleash surprising power from his fists.
Jung has knocked out Dennis Bermudez and Mark Hominick during his UFC run while adding submission wins over Dustin Poirier and Leonard Garcia (via Twister).
But he’s also been knocked out by George Roop back in the WEC days. I’m not trying to be disrespectful to Goerge Roop, but simply trying to illustrate that “The Korean Zombie’s” track record is all over the place.
Moicano I can count on. I know who he is.
He’s going to come out with crisp striking and use underrated grappling to keep the fight on the feet. While he did get submitted by Ortega when they fought, he was winning handily up until that point and there is no shame in getting submitted by Ortega.
My pick is Moicano getting a decision victory over five rounds. I think he’ll be a little gun shy after getting put away by Aldo in a fight that was set up for him to have a coming out party, and I think that will work to his advantage. If he can keep a slower pace against Jung, I think he can be more technical and win on points.