UFC Vegas 29: Korean Zombie vs Ige – 6.19.2021 – Staff Predictions, Picks, and DFS Analysis (FREE)

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Hello Daily Play Action! Welcome to our collaborative coverage of UFC Vegas 29: Korean Zombie vs Ige. After an excellent pay-per-view last weekend, we return to the UFC Apex for another night of great fights. Our analysis includes a pick for every bout from Anthony Marro, Nicholas Marro and GB. We also feature write-ups that will provide consideration for building lineups on both FanDuel and DraftKings.

When building your lineups here are a few things to consider. Pricing differs for most fighters making some better value on one site over the other. Scoring is important as well. On FanDuel a first-round finish scores 5x the points as a decision, where on DraftKings it scores 3x as many. Grappling is also scored drastically different as FanDuel awards points for takedown defense and submission attempts. DraftKings neglects those two stats and instead values control time and reversals. This new year, DraftKings has also added a quick win bonus for victories in the first minute as well as scoring for non-significant strikes. Lastly, you will only want to take two fighters from the same fight if you think it goes into the late rounds and expect both to reach value. Optimal GPP builds very rarely stack the same fight but it can be a viable strategy in cash games.

As coverage continues, we will keep our Daily Play Action records up to date. Be sure to check out our reasoning though as records will not reflect confidence, we will be picking all fights regardless of if we are betting on them. I highly recommend using Bovada for their user-friendly format and awesome deposit bonuses if you want to bet on any of these picks!

Current Record

  • Anthony: 132-96-2 (Last Year 223-145-6)
  • Nick: 130-98-2 (Last Year 235-133-6)
  • GB: 125-103-2 (Last Year 216-152-6)

Fight odds are as listed from Bovada and last updated 9:00 AM EST 6-19-2021

Preliminary Card- Starts 4:00pm EST

Lara Procopio -170 (DK $8500, FD $20) vs Casey O’Neill +140 (DK $7700, FD $11)

  • Anthony: The card today opens with a women’s flyweight bout between Lara Procopio and Casey O’Neill. Both of these ladies are a bit undersized to be competing at 125 pounds, especially Procopio. This is one of the rare occasions we will see O’Neill have the size advantage over her opponent and in this case she does so quite significantly. While she remains relatively inexperienced, O’Neill does carry an undefeated record into this bout. Her most recent victory over Shana Dobson proved that she can systematically break down and finish a UFC caliber opponent. At just 23 years of age we could be seeing O’Neill compete here for a long time. She is still a bit raw in her standup but over time she is only going to get better. This matchup against Procopio seems to favor O’Neill in my opinion due to her size advantage and overall technical ability at this stage of their careers. It would not surprise me to see Procopio dominate a decision or find a finish on the mat here, but I am siding with the fighter I view as having higher upside going forward. Casey O’Neill by Decision
  • Nick: Lara Procopio is definitely a grappler first, but her striking seems to improve every time we see her fight. She’s coming off a nice win via convincing decision over Molly McCann. She’s small for this division, but she’s extremely aggressive and does a good job keeping pressure on her opponents. Casey O’Neill has trained at excellent camps in Tiger Muay Thai, Xtreme Couture and 10th Planet BJJ. She’s coming off an impressive Win in her UFC debut, a knockout victory over a veteran Shana Dobson. Her striking is certainly far from refined, but like Procopio she continues to show improvements in that facet of her game. Procopio has sneaky offensive grappling ability as a BJJ Blackbelt. She also has a black belt in Judo and a very high Fight IQ when it comes to positioning and scrambles. A big factor in this match-up will be the size advantage for O’Neill. She’s going to be the bigger fighter here, but she’ll need to be careful not to create any openings for Procopio to catch her in something if this fight hits the mat. Procopio is a bit more well-rounded than O’Neill is at this respective point in their careers, but the size advantage for O’Neill is what makes this a tough match-up to call. In a fight I could definitely see going either way, I’m siding with the value of O’Neill here. I expect she’ll be able to use her strength and her aggressiveness to overwhelm the smaller Procopio. Procopio is live for a finish so I could see having shares for DFS, but O’Neill is my pick. Certainly this line is wider than it should be. Casey O’Neill by Decision
  • GBLara Procopio by Decision

Joaquim Silva -140 (DK $8300, FD $16) vs Ricky Glenn +115 (DK $7900, FD $15)

  • Anthony: Next up is a headscratcher at lightweight as Joaquim Silva takes on Ricky Glenn. Inactivity is the story of this fight as neither fighter has stepped into the octagon since August 2019. Ricky Glenn spent his layoff recovering from hip surgery and getting comfortable at a new weight class. I am not really sure what Silva has been up to. With all the question marks surrounding this fight it is likely best to stay away from it all together from a betting perspective. In my opinion, Glenn could take this fight by simply striking at range with Silva and winning on the judge’s scorecards. Durability is not usually an issue for Glenn having only been finished once before, by Lance Palmer in 2014. However, the break in action has me a bit concerned that this is not the same fighter we are used to. If anyone is getting a finish here it is likely Silva, who I prefer as a DFS target in this bout. The pick though, reluctantly, is Glenn. Ricky Glenn by Decision
  • Nick: There are a lot of question marks around this matchup as neither of these guys have fought in two years. Silva is coming off an ugly knockout loss to Nasrat Haqparast back in August of 2019. It’s tough to get too down on him for that performance though, as Haqparast is one of the more highly regarded up-and-comers in this division. He’s a powerful striker, but he telegraphs many of his attacks which makes it easy for opponents to catch him with counters. Silva is a BJJ black belt, but he doesn’t really have the wrestling or takedown entries required to get the fight to the mat against stronger opponents. Ricky Glenn is another fighter we haven’t seen since 2018, when he fell to Kevin Aguilar via unanimous decision on The TUF 28 Finale. He is fairly well rounded, but his greatest advantage seems to be his unconventional length at lightweight. Most of his “recent” Wins have come via decision. He doesn’t really have the power to finish most opponents, but he does strike well at range and he can put together effective combinations on the feet. This is one of the tougher fights on the card to get a read on, so I’m making my decision based on the fact that Glenn is moving up a weight class here, coming off of a major hip surgery, and he’s fighting out of a very small gym He may be the slightly more talented fighter in this spot, but he has a lot working against him. Joaquim Silva by Decision
  • GB: Joaquim Silva by Decision

Josh Parisian -155 (DK $8700, FD $18) vs Roque Martinez +130 (DK $7500, FD $13)

  • Anthony: This is a very strange matchup at heavyweight between Josh Parisian and Roque Martinez. Both fighters grinded their way through rather porous competition in order to earn their UFC contracts, and one likely sees that deal torn up after the conclusion of this bout. It is 0-2 under the UFC banner for Martinez, a fighter hailing from Guam and spending most of his career fighting in Japan. He is fun to watch but clearly has a few extra pounds on him. The main issue for Martinez is the size and athleticism of opponents in the UFC. Sure he can throw, but I find it hard to imagine him beating up a guy much larger than him today. Parisian is not very methodical on the feet, often overexerting himself and pushing punches late in fights as a result. If he cannot get Martinez out of there inside of two rounds I could see things getting very ugly. He is however talented enough on the feet to either finish Martinez there, or bring things to the mat where he has stopped plenty of foes before. Josh Parisian by Round Two KO
  • Nick: This is a low level heavyweight match-up, but both of these guys are more athletic than they look. Parisian throws a lot of spinning attacks, which is a strange thing to see from a heavyweight. These moves can be effective, but he also compromises his gas tank if he can’t put his opponents out early. He’s coming off a tough loss to Parker Porter, a fight in which he had his moments but started to see his cardio fade as the fight wore on. Martinez has one of the softer frames in the UFC, but he sometimes throws surprisingly high kicks and accurate flying knees. While his athleticism is better than you’d expect just looking at him, his cardio is questionable at best. He’s one of the shorter heavyweights in the UFC and really hasn’t found much success against this level of competition. In a fight that’s highly likely to take place on the feet, I see Parisian being able to use his length to his advantage. This could get very ugly if it doesn’t end early, but I also like the fact that Parisian is likely to have a grappling advantage here if he needs it. Josh Parisian by Round Two KO
  • GBJosh Parisian by Round Two KO

Khaos Williams -155 (DK $8900, FD $19) vs Matthew Semelsberger +130 (DK $7300, FD $10)

  • Anthony: The cage is locked next behind two exciting welterweights as Khaos Williams takes on Matthew Semelsberger. The UFC may try to bill this as two knockout artists doing battle, but that is really only partially true. Williams had strung together two jaw dropping KOs prior to his recent loss against Michel Perreira. He is always a threat to finish bouts early and knockdown opponents thanks to his power and precision. Semeslberger is fresh off a 16 second KO of Jason Witt. That may largely be due to the chin on The Vanilla Gorilla, but I was expecting Semeslberger to beat him one way or another. He is a very talented prospect with excellent cardio and a rather underrated ground game. The later this fight goes, the better his chances to stun Williams or drag things down to the mat. However, I see Khaos getting back on track here with another impressive victory. He is taking a step back down in competition and should be able to turn out Semelsberger’s lights. Take a look at Williams when building DFS lineups, especially on DraftKings where early finishes are rewarded. Khaos Williams by Round One KO
  • Nick: Prior to his recent decision loss to Michel Perreira, Williams was coming off an extremely impressive knockout victory over Abdul Razak Alhassan. He scored another impressive KO victory over Alex Morono in his fight before that, and many felt he would be a prospect to keep an eye on as a potential contender in this division. He’s growing a reputation as a knockout artist, but he has a decent wrestling base which is evident by his success on the regional scene. That recent loss definitely took some wind out of his sails, but he out struck Pereira in that spot and there were a lot of positives to take away from that performance. Matthew Semelsberger is a powerful puncher who hasn’t lost a fight since 2018. Semelsberger has impressive footwork and he does a better job switching stances than most fighters at his level of experience. That being said, Williams seems to be the more technically sound striker here. It’s also notable that Williams seemed much bigger than Semelsberger at face-offs and it appeared Semelsberger was visibly intimidated by his opponent. The longer Semelsberger can stretch this fight, the more likely he’ll be able to pull off the upset. That being said, I don’t see this one lasting all that long. This feels like a get right spot for Williams and I expect he gets it done in this spot. Khaos Williams by Round One KO
  • GB: Khaos Williams by Round One KO

Virna Jandiroba -145 (DK $8400, FD $17) vs Kanako Murata +120 (DK $7800, FD $14)

  • Anthony: Next we have a women’s strawweight bout between Virna Jandiroba and Kanako Murata. It was a very quality win for Murata in her UFC debut, beating Randa Markos. The former Invicta FC Champion at this weight has demonstrated exceptional offensive wrestling throughout her career. Similar to Jandiroba, Murata is not a major threat on the feet. Both of these women are willing to throw but I think it is safe to say they’d prefer to do battle on the mat. The UFC is testing Murata’s defenses a bit here against one of the most decorated BJJ practitioners on the roster. Jandiroba fell short in her most recent loss sure, but that was to probably the most decorated BJJ practitioner on the roster, Mackenzie Dern. Jandiroba is the pick given the slew of submission victories already on her resume. Having mastered the armbar and triangle choke, Jandiroba poses a huge threat to the wrestling focused Murata here. Virna Jandiroba by Round Two Submission
  • Nick: Virna Jandiroba is more than willing to eat punches to throw them. She does a good job keeping pressure on her opponents and her cardio has mostly held up at the UFC level. He striking isn’t very refined, but she throws frequently enough to keep most of her opponents on the defensive. She’s most comfortable on the mat as a decorated BJJ black belt, but her entries for takedowns and her wrestling leave a lot to be desired. Kanako Murata is an Olympic level wrestler who is capable enough to hang on her feet against most opponents, until she can take the fight to the mat to control position. In terms of traditional wrestling, she should be able to hang with anyone in the division, but if she tries to lean on that part of her game here she could find herself in trouble fast. Thirteen of Jandiroba’s professional Wins have come via submission. This should be a fairly even match-up on the feet, but I expect if and when this turns into a grappling affair Jandiroba’s dangerous BJJ to win out. Virna Jandiroba by Round Two Submission
  • GB: Virna Jandiroba by Decision

Aleksa Camur -250 (DK $9300, FD $23) vs Nicolae Negumereanu +200 (DK $6900, FD $8)

  • Anthony: The final preliminary bout takes place at light heavyweight between Aleksa Camur and Nicolae Negumereanu. Camur is a solid prospect who enters this bout after his first career loss. He trains out of Strong Style Fight Team with The Immortal Matt Brown and former heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic. We have seen flashes of brilliance from Camur such as his win by flying knee over Fabio Cherant. The issue he seems to have is in the grappling department as his striking is rather refined. That could pose problems here today against Negumereanu, but it is impossible to know for certain what we will see. Neither are the most talented on the mat so a standup affair is expected and preferred. However, it would not surprise me to see one of these men shoot for a takedown given the other’s weakness there. I am not putting any of my money on this fight due to the volatility I see. Ultimately though, I see Aleksa Camur getting his hand raised. Aleksa Camur by Decision
  • Nick: We have what can only be described as a low-level matchup here between two relatively inexperienced fighters at light heavyweight. Camur is coming off an ugly loss to William Knight. He never really got going in that spot and Knight mostly leaned on his grappling ability to control position and score the win over Camur via decision. Negumereanu will be fighting for the first time since 2019 here, when he dropped a decision in his UFC debut to Saparbeg Safarov. He was mostly dominated by Safarov in that spot, but there was controversy surrounding that match-up as Safarov continuously grabbed onto the cage to advance position. The line does feel a bit wide here as Camur really hasn’t shown a ton of ability yet at this level. However, Negumereanu has shown even less. This is one of my least confident picks on the card, but I’ll side with the more active favorite. Aleksa Camur by Decision
  • GBAleksa Camur by Round One KO

Main Card- Starts 7:00pm EST

Dhiego Lima -200 (DK $9000, FD $20) vs Matt Brown +160 (DK $7200, FD $9)

  • Anthony: The main card opens at welterweight with a bout between Dhiego Lima and Matt Brown. The pick is rather easy for me in this one as Matt Brown is just no longer the killer he once was. After seeing him look immobile against Miguel Baeza last year, I will be very reluctant to pick him again moving forward. He had a few good moments in a January bout with Carlos Condit, but we saw him once again beaten by an opponent of similar caliber. Opposite Brown is Lima who is still in his athletic prime and a victorious fighter in three of his last four bouts. I see him having a significant advantage in speed, size and cardio here. Lima may not be able to grapple as well as Brown offensively, but by keeping this fight on the feet he should pick apart Brown on his way to a finish or decision win. He throws heavy leg kicks that stop opponents’ forward movement and for Brown that is already an area of concern. I like Lima a lot here given the current odds and what we have seen from both these fighters lately. Brown likely gets bullied on the feet and could go O-fer on his takedown attempts. Lima was able to stuff nine of ten shots against Belal Muhammad his last time out. Dheigo Lima by Decision
  • Nick: Dhiego Lima was coming off three straight wins prior to his recent loss to Belal Muhammad. It’s tough to get too hard on him for that result, as Muhammad is now a Top-10 Contender at welterweight. Lima throws powerful strikes, but he carries a negative striking differential. This means he eats a lot of damage in exchanges even when he’s having success. Brown still has KO power, but he’s lost a lot of speed. He’s proved to be a bit chinny over the past few years and with a loss here he could be done fighting for the UFC. Brown does a good job mixing in vicious knees and elbows. If he can close the distance on Lima here he’ll be live for a knockout, but at 40-years old it seems his power seems to fade the longer a fight wears on. Brown’s clearest potential back to victory here would be to try to take Lima to the ground and control position. He could catch him on the feet, but Lima is likely going to have a significant enough speed advantage to make things tough on Brown standing. Lima has a powerful leg kick which he’ll likely use to try to keep his opponent at range. If Brown tries to take him down, I expect his size and strength to be enough to keep this standing. Lima boasts a solid 75 percent takedown defense in the UFC and Brown’s entries are mostly predictable. I’ll have DFS shares of Brown here because he is live for that early KO, but I’m siding with the speed advantage for Lima. Dhiego Lima by Decision
  • GBDhiego Lima by Decision

Bruno Silva -125 (DK $8800, FD $17) vs Wellington Turman +105 (DK $7400, FD $14)

  • Anthony: Next is a middleweight bout between Bruno Silva and Wellington Turman. It is finally the UFC debut for Silva who got the call in 2019 to face Deron Winn. Unfortunately, he failed his PED test when entering the USADA testing pool and has not been inside the cage since. It worries me that Silva’s regional dominance was a result of him utilizing performance enhancers. Beating opponents in M1 is not always a difficult task, but it certainly becomes much easier when fighters are juiced to the gills. He still has good footwork, power and agility for this weight class. Turman is similarly built and has a lot of power on the feet, but also rather sneaky offensive grappling that we do not always see showcased. This is certainly a fight that Turman should consider taking to the mat as five of Silva’s seven pro losses have come by way of submission. With money coming in on the underdog all week I feel like Turman is the play. Looking at this fight on paper you would expect Silva to be more heavily favored and based on the market moves I tracked this seems to be a rat line. I will side with Turman here but not with much confidence whatsoever. Wellington Turman by Decision
  • Nick: Silva will be making his UFC debut here, coming off four-consecutive KO wins on the regional scene. He most recently fought in M1 in 2018, where he pulled off a massive upset via KO in the fourth round over a one highly regarded Artem Frolov. While his resume suggests he should have some momentum on his side, it is certainly concerning we haven’t seen him in three years. Silva had been suspended for a failed PED test. He claims he was entirely innocent, but one has to question how he’ll look here if he used to rely on substances. It’s notable he looked excellent at weigh-ins. His frame looks the same as before he was suspended, so there’s a good chance this is the best version of Bruno Silva we’ve seen thus far. Turman doesn’t really throw a lot of volume, but he does put power behind his strikes and he’s fairly well-developed in the clinch. While his striking is decent, he relies on well-timed powerful shots rather than advanced technical ability. He has a powerful wrestling base, but he sometimes seems reluctant to engage in much grappling as there are questions surrounding his cardio. Silva has impressive footwork and he keeps a serious pressure on his opponents. Turman could be Live for a Knockout if he comes out aggressive here. However, I think it’s more likely we see Silva weather an early storm until he starts to pull away via decision. This is a tough fight to call with so many question marks around Silva, but I do feel he’s the rightful favorite. Bruno Silva by Round One KO
  • GBBruno Silva by Round One KO

Seung Woo Choi -145 (DK $8600, FD $19) vs Julian Erosa +120 (DK $7600, FD $12)

  • Anthony: This should be an excellent featherweight bout between Seung Woo Choi and Julian Erosa. Choi really impressed me in his latest win over Youssef Zalal, cashing as a +200 underdog. He looked excellent both on the feet and while converting two of three takedown attempts. Julian Erosa is a bit of a Swiss army knife and I could see him putting up a similar challenge to that of Zalal. He is far more experienced and rather well known for cashing as an underdog too, most recently as a +350 against Sean Woodson. These two always come to fight and I expect it to be a compelling back and forth affair for most of this one. One will extend their win streak here and when I picture this fight I see it being Choi. The high volume he throws should eventually get to Erosa who does not have the best striking defense. Choi threw north of 400 combined strikes in his previous two bouts and with output like that I find it difficult to fade him here. The DFS upside is very high, especially with a price tag of just $8600 on DraftKings. Seung Woo Choi by Round Three KO
  • Nick: Julian Erosa’s greatest quality as a fighter may be his willingness to eat shots to throw them. He’s very tough and gritty, which suggests this matchup against a brawler in Choi is not one you’ll want to miss. Erosa is well rounded, with eleven wins by submission as well as eleven by knockout. In this matchup, his clearest path to victory is likely to ground Choi and try to work for a submission. This is because Choi has shown very advanced striking for someone who many would consider to be inexperienced at just 9-3 professionally. Choi is a highly regarded prospect coming out of South Korea. He’s proven to be well-rounded, coming off an impressive win over another top prospect in Youssef Zalal. He’s most comfortable on the feet, but he’s shown formidable enough grappling to stay out of danger against a wide range of opponents. Erosa will have an experience advantage here, but I see Choi as the more durable fighter if this turns into a brawl. Both guys are live for the KO so it’s a good spot to have exposure to each if you’re playing multiple DFS lineups. Still, I’m siding with Choi here to continue to build momentum. Seung Woo Choi by Decision
  • GBSeung Woo Choi by Decision

Marlon Vera -210 (DK $9100, FD $21) vs Davey Grant +170 (DK $7100, FD $8)

  • Anthony: Our featured bout is a rematch at bantamweight between Marlon Vera and Davey Grant. These two locked horns in 2016 when Grant made his promotional debut. He had his hand raised in that bout after out striking Vera quite significantly. Watching that fight back, it is abundantly clear that Vera has improved in his standup. Over the past five years he has gone from having mediocre striking to some of the more refined in this division. Meanwhile though, Davey Grant has become a knockout artist. It may be unfair to actually label him as such but the past two wins have been outstanding, finishing both Martin Day and Jonathan Martinez with his left hand. I could see him putting Vera on his ass in this bout two, landing a lot of hard strikes and moving forward with confidence. He already has a win over Vera and should not be phased as a dog entering the rematch today. While this one is far removed from the first the 1-0 fighter is north of 60 percent in rematches under the UFC banner. For that reason alone, I will take a shot on the Brit. Either guy may get finished here but I love the value on Grant as a large underdog. Davey Grant by Decision
  • Nick: Vera is one of the tougher guys in this division, borderline impossible to put away and he’s shown a serious ability to up his pressure and pace as the fight gets into the later rounds. He’s sometimes considered a slow starter, but he continues to improve and he showed a lot in his recent loss to a legend in Jose Aldo. Vera is good pretty much everywhere. He’s a scrappy fighter with solid technical ability on the feet. He’s a decent grappler, but he mostly leans on that part of his game for defensive reasons. Grant, like Vera, is well-rounded. Unlike Vera, he’s more comfortable grappling than he is standing and trading. He’s clearest path here will be to try to keep Vera grounded and ride him out for a decision, but I expect that could be tough here against Vera who has continued to show improved takedown defense. The line definitely feels too wide here as Grant has his own paths to victory. However, I see Vera’s advantages on the feet as greater than Grant’s on the mat. Marlon Vera by Decision
  • GB: Davey Grant by Round Two KO

Sergey Spivak -250 (DK $9200, FD $22) vs Aleksei Oleinik +200 (DK $7000, FD $11)

  • Anthony: The co-main event takes place at heavyweight between Sergey Spivak and Aleksei Oleinik. As a fan, it has been tough watching Oleinik finished in back-to-back outings. He is an excellent fighter but at this age it becomes more and more difficult to back him against high level heavyweights. He is always live to get a submission, often working hard early to get fights to the mat. However, Spivak himself is a credentialed grappler with several submission wins already on his resume. I expect Oleinik wants this fight on the mat but it is likely up to Spivak as to whether it really goes there. On the feet, Oleinik poses little to no threat apart from an overhand right. Spivak could likely utilize his size and cardio to beat Oleinik either at range or in the clinch here. If things do hit the ground then Oleinik becomes live for a submission victory. However, I find it difficult to see Oleinik holding dominant position and if Spivak gets on top things may get ugly. I see some sort of ground and pound finish materializing for him here as he takes out the combat sports legend. Sergey Spivak by Round Two KO
  • Nick: Sergey Spivak was highly touted coming into the UFC, but he really hasn’t shown anything overly impressive, outside of his win over Tai Tuivasa. He has a solid ground game with most of his wins coming via submission. He’s also decent in the clinch but seems hesitant at times which can keep inferior opponents in fights he should be dominating. On the feet, I expect Spivac to have a significant technical edge over Oleinik here. Oleinik is coming off back-to-back losses and there’s a good chance he’s cut from the roster if he loses in this spot. Olenik’s clearest path to victory is to grind Spivak to the mat, advance position and ultimately find that submission. While Oleinik’s grappling is certainly an advantage for him here, Spivac is better on the mat than many of his recent opponents. Spivak has never been submitted, he should have a cardio advantage here and while I wouldn’t be surprised if Oleinik finds a signature choke, I expect Spivac to have prepared for it throughout the extent of his camp for this fight. Oleinik is live for the submission here as his back is against the wall. However, I have to side with the youth in this one. Sergey Spivak by Round Two KO
  • GB: Sergey Spivak by Decision

Dan Ige -130 (DK $8000, FD $19) vs The Korean Zombie -115 (DK $8200, FD $18)

  • Anthony: We arrive at the main event at featherweight between Dan Ige and The Korean Zombie Chan Sung Jung. Rather quickly, Dan Ige has thrown his name into the hat as one of the best 145ers on the planet. His most recent knockout of Gavin Tucker just 22 seconds into their bout earned him not only a 50k bonus that evening, but also the main event slot today. In my eyes, Dan Ige will never be a main event fighter. I have faded him now in three consecutive fights and just do not think he hangs with the top guys in this division. Training at Xtreme Couture has helped his development and he certainly now has hands that can complement his wrestling. I see him getting beaten by a more technical striker here today. The Korean Zombie is coming off a tough loss to Brian Ortega. He was caught early in that fight and admitted soon afterwards that he needed several rounds with which to recover from the elbow that nearly slept him. It is an excellent bounce back opportunity as his 75 percent takedown defense likely keeps this fight on the feet. If The Korean Zombie can neutralize the offensive wrestling of Ige, he should have no problem landing the more damaging strikes. Both fighters indicated to media this week that they are ready to brawl and that is exactly what I am hoping for. I worry about The Korean Zombie potentially getting outworked in the championship rounds here, but see the finish materializing for him early. These guys each have the potential to knock the other out, but I see Chan Sung Jung getting the job done. The Korean Zombie by Round Two KO
  • Nick: Dan Ige is coming off an impressive knockout win over Gavin Tucker. He’s looked great across his last few fights, showing continued improvement in his striking and his cardio every time we see him fight. Ige has an extremely high Fight IQ. He works well behind his jab on the feet, but it seems he’s most comfortable grappling and wrestling as he has a very powerful base and excellent control of his hips. Ige’s relentless and aggressive wrestling style should give him a slight edge on the mat here. However, Chang Sung Jung is the more dangerous offensive grappler. The Korean Zombie is an extremely well-rounded mixed martial artist. He’s primarily a striker, but he’s also a blackbelt in BJJ with eight professional victories coming by way of submission. He’s coming off an ugly loss to now title challenger Brian Ortega. He was rocked early in that one by an Ortega elbow, and he never really seemed to recover. His clearest path to victory here is probably to keep this fight standing as long as possible. He’s no longer the kill or be killed fighter he was known as in his ascension to stardom, but he’s still extremely dangerous on the feet. Jung has an excellent takedown defense and he has never been submitted before. I see Jung’s striking advantage here as being greater than Ige’s grappling advantage. This is a match-close and should be a fun fight, but I’m siding with Jung here. The Korean Zombie by Decision
  • GB: Dan Ige by Round Three KO

*Anthony, Nick and GB play on both FanDuel and DraftKings, and although they express their opinions, they may also implement other plays and strategies without notice