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Here's a free one to impress your buddies with at the nacho plate this evening: Jose Aldo has never lost at featherweight. He's a perfect 22-0 there, his only loss coming in 2005 as a freshly turned 19-year-old fighting at 155 pounds.
Since then, he's won 15 straight, seven of which involved the WEC/UFC featherweight title.
He's a lethal kicker, good with his hands, and a jiu-jitsu champion who basically can't be taken down, so he never has to show it. He's so far ahead of the pack at 145, it almost seems unreasonable.
So in entering a bout with a guy, Chan Sung Jung, nicknamed "The Korean Zombie," so known for his capacity to eat tremendous punishment in an effort to implement some offense, you have to like his chances.
Yes, the Zombie is tough. Yes, he's a good grappler. Yes, he has power and improved technique from his early days.
But he's not on Aldo's level.
The only chance the challenger has here is to take advantage of Aldo when he's coasting, as he's often prone to do (especially in his UFC run). Should the champion gas, or start to slow down at all, Jung will be on him like...well...like a zombie hunting for brains.
That considered, it's still Aldo's fight. He seems to be more engaged in fighting on his home turf, so he probably won't be so quick to coast to a decision. Look for him to finish the fight in the third round with a flurry out of the clinch.