These “Quick Breaks” are short breakdowns of upcoming fights. In a summed up focus of strengths, weaknesses and variables, this will analyze what could happen in the fight and end with this writer’s prediction.
This Saturday, two of the best featherweights will meet inside the cage to fight for the title of UFC Champion. It all goes down on Saturday for UFC 163 at 10PM EST at the HSBC Arena in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. FX prelims will air prior to the main card as well.
In the blue corner you have Chan Sung Jung. Better known as “The Korean Zombie,” Jung has been on a tear through the UFC, coming up with three huge wins over tough opponents. Not only did he win, but he did so in very impressive fashion and all three being finishes. Jung is a fighter that will not quit and continues to push the pace. He is dangerous anywhere the fight may go.
In the red corner you have the reigning champion Jose Aldo. “Junior” is regarded as one of the pound-for-pound best in the sport and rightfully so. Standing at 22-1, he hasn’t lost since 2005. He is a versatile fighter and a very quick and explosive fighter. He is very technical, and with the Brazilian crowd behind him, he seems unstoppable.
The styles of these two fighters make this very interesting. Aldo is known for his striking prowess, but Jung is known for finding a way to win and giving it his all. Cardio is the one variable that could make or break this title defense for Aldo, but his legs and knees may give Jung a flashback to his fight with George Roop.
Jung may have a better chance on the ground, but it will be a matter of if he can hold him there. At the end of the day, Jung’s striking is going to look sloppy comparatively, but if he can weather the initial storm, drag him into later rounds or to the ground and keep him there, Jung may very well have a much better shot to take the title than people think.
Prediciton: Aldo wins via TKO in the 1st or 2nd Round.