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UFC Fight Night Chan Sung Jung vs Max Holloway

Max Holloway looks to remain in men’s featherweight title contention as he faces the Korean Zombie, Chan Sung Jung, in the main event at UFC Fight Night in Singapore on Saturday (8 a.m. ET on ESPN+, with prelims at 5 a.m. ET on ESPN+).

Holloway, ranked No. 2 in ESPN’s divisional rankings, defeated Arnold Allen by unanimous decision in April. Jung, unranked by ESPN, challenged Alexander Volkanovski for the division title in his last fight in April 2022 and lost by fourth-round knockout.

Jung is just 4-3 in the UFC over the past 10 years, and two of those victories came against fighters now retired. It’s surprising that he’s earned a shot versus Holloway, one of the best featherweights of all time. Holloway, a former division champ, has been just a few close rounds away from defeating Volkanovski.

But ignoring the career trajectories of these two, just consider their performance tendencies.

Jung has a solid ground game, but his limited wrestling combined with Holloway’s excellent takedown defense means this fight will likely stay standing. And on the feet, Holloway will have statistical advantages in nearly every striking metric. Jung has marginally more knockdown power, but that’s not something that has threatened Holloway. Holloway has never been a walk-off knockout striker, but rather a high-volume technician who accumulates damage.

This portends another Holloway striking clinic. Expect Jung to absorb more than his share of damage, as his nickname suggests, but Holloway becomes a parlay anchor whether it’s by decision or late stoppage.

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