Ortega looked like a different fighter
On paper, Brian Ortega had three things that opposed him on Saturday night:
1. He came out of the heaviest loss of his career, TKO from the fourth round (stopping the doctor) for Max Holloway.
2. He has not fought for 22 months.
3. He has changed most of his angle since the last time he competed.
Usually this fabrication leads to trouble.
But in the end, these three signs in question equate to huge results for T-City.
What a victory for Ortega. What a performance. What a struggle.
I will be honest. I did not expect that. These three reasons above, as well as his surprising decision to shave his patented locks on Friday, which usually means a lot of weight loss, made me take a serious break from this battle. I thought Chan Sun Yung was losing.
Boy, was I wrong? Ortega looked like a completely different fighter during the victory with a unanimous decision. Patient controlled, on point. Honestly, this was not the fighter who lost to the then light heavyweight champion Holloway almost two years ago in Toronto.
Hell, if you didn’t know better, you’d think Ortega’s origins are actually astounding, when in fact his bread and butter is his main game. Tonight, however, he did not need any ground skills. He defeated Jung in his own game and never hesitated. He is legitimately superior to Jung. Color me extremely impressed.
How good did he look? Ortega struck 127 significant blows against Jung, the most in a fight in his UFC career. His previous peak was 110 significant shots, which fell to his loss to Holloway. In addition, Ortega received the best 59 percent of his significant strikes (127 out of 212). Entering this battle, Ortega had an average significant accuracy of 33%. These two statistics tell the story: he was dominant and controversial.
Earlier this week, I told Ariel & The Bad Guy that I don’t think winning for Ortega should be equal to the title, although UFC President Dana White said that’s what awaits the winner. It seemed strange that he would get a crack in his belt after being absent for almost two years and not winning since March 2018. It just didn’t make sense to me.
Finally we have some direction in this division, go in there and take that place # 1 …. that’s all I wanted !! # ufcfightisland6
– Alex Volkanovski (@alexvolkanovski) October 18, 2020
I will return it now. Sign me up for Ortega 2.0 against Alexander Volkanovski for the featherweight title. When you consider his significantly improved striking and ground play, this would lead to a very interesting battle. And for the record, not only does W make me feel that Ortega deserves the title, but it seems to look much better than against Holloway. This, plus the fact that he completely dominated the man I thought should be next for the belt, makes me think this is the right call after all.
Should you have forgotten? No, we learned something new from Ortega tonight. We learned that it can adapt, develop and overcome. Well done.
As for Jung, he will not fall too low in the rankings. He is too popular and too funny. I know Edson Barboza is new to the division, but I would love to see this battle. Time would work, because Barbosa would just fight. If not, Holloway, who is looking for big fights after coming out 0-2 against the champion, would certainly be an intriguing option.
– Ariel Helwan
Could Jessica Andrade be the lightweight category to shock the world?
Brutal body shots from @jessicammapro lead to the finale of her fly debut 😤 pic.twitter.com/xxJ2Hw08a0
– ESPN MMA (@espnmma) 18 October 2020
So, let’s go out now and say this: The UFC Men’s Division in the men’s category is not its deepest class. It is wide open. I’m not saying this to belittle any of the women who are currently fighting there, but there’s a reason Cynthia Calvilo climbed out of the straw category earlier this year, won a fight and is now No. 3 in the official UFC rankings. fly .
Champion Valentina Shevchenko is no less than a favorite to bet 6 to 1 through four title defenses. No one expects Shevchenko to lose this belt soon. However, I can’t think of anyone who is better suited for this than Andrade, who stopped Kathleen Chokagian in the first round.
Think about what makes Shevchenko so good – technique. It is almost perfect everywhere. No one will beat Shevchenko at 125 pounds. But maybe someone can go in there on a particular night and knock her unconscious. After all, this is a great equalizer in this sport.
And see what Andrade brings to the table. She is the type of bullfighter who goes through feints, is willing to take risks and has this unearthly force to cause disorder. If / when Andrade fights with Shevchenko for the belt, she will be an outsider and will most likely choose Shevchenko to win. But honestly, I think Andrade could be the only fly in the world who even has a chance to overthrow Shevchenko.
Jimmy Kruth impressed in several ways
Jimmy Krut released Modestas Bucauskas with a huge right hook and a subsequent UFC Fight Night uppercut.
Jimmy Krut is a young man in a hurry. He joined the UFC less than two years ago and received his fourth finish in the Octagon on Saturday, linking him to three others for the most in the light heavyweight division during that time.
A little over a year ago, it turned out that maybe Krut was too fast. At the age of 23, he was recorded against the veteran in the light heavyweight category Misha Tsirkunov and was eventually sent off for his first defeat in his career. However, the ESPN panel soon after ranked Crute as the number 7 MMA fighter under the age of 25.
Then, in February, Krut returned to the track with a victory in the first round of submission over his colleague, Michal Oleksiychuk. And on Saturday, the Australian, who will not turn 25 until March, took another step towards being a contender. Krut seemed completely in control during every second of his knockout in the first round of Modestas Bukauskas, who entered, winning seven consecutive fights.
The most impressive thing I saw in the match: Although Krut finished the job in just two minutes, he didn’t seem to be in a hurry this time. He seemed relaxed and balanced, resisting any attack by Bukauskas, but not forcing anything. The final came with a counter-strike on the right hook and a subsequent left. It was a beautiful thing.
And Krut’s work right after that. He immediately hugged his fallen opponent, then jumped the cage to thank UFC President Dana White for maintaining the fighting during the pandemic, and then made a respectful challenge to Nikita Krylov because “I think it will be a banner.”