Saturday’s UFC card sees the return of Brian Ortega when he fights ranked featherweight Chan Sung Jung AKA “The Korean Zombie.” Follow along throughout the evening for live results on the event from “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
A full preview of the card can be read here.
Preliminary Card (4:00PM EDT / 12:00AM GST) (ESPN+ / TSN 5)
Bout 1: Said Nurmagomedov def. Mark Striegl via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 0:51)
Bout 2: Maxim Grishin def. Gadzhimurad Antigulov via TKO, Strikes (RD 2, 4:58)
Bout 3: Fares Ziam def. Jamie Mullarkey via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 4: Jun Yong Park def. John Phillips via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 5: Gillian Robertson def. Poliana Botelho via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 6: Guram Kutateladze def. Mateusz Gamrot via Decision, Unanimous
Main Card (7:00PM EDT / 3:00AM GST) (ESPN+ / TSN 5)
Bout 7: Jonathan Martinez def. Thomas Almeida via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 8: James Krause def. Claudio Silva via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 9: Jimmy Crute def. Modestas Bukauskas via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 2:01)
Bout 10: Jessica Andrade def. Katlyn Chookagian via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 4:55)
Bout 11: Brian Ortega def. The Korean Zombie via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 11: Brian Ortega (14-1) vs. The Korean Zombie (16-5) (Featherweight)
Ortega Sweeps Five-Round Performance Over Zombie To Clinch Championship Shot
Brian Ortega dominated Chan Sung Jung AKA The Korean Zombie through five rounds of action to win the main event on Saturday night. Ortega swept scorecards to win in his first appearance since late 2018.
The win for Ortega lines him up as the next challenger for Alexander Volkanovski’s UFC Featherweight Championship.
“We got to work, man,” said Ortega on his performance in his post-fight interview.
The biggest moment in the fight for Ortega was in the second round, knocking Zombie down with a spinning back elbow.
The striking lead Ortega to his win, although he was able to score takedowns during the performance as well.
The loss for Zombie snapped a two-fight streak of wins he carried through 2019 after defeating Renato Moicano and Frankie Edgar in the first round each
Ortega’s last appearance was in December of 2018, losing a UFC Featherweight Championship shot to Max Holloway at UFC 231. The loss, a doctor stoppage, was his first as a pro.
The fight was the first time both Ortega and Zombie had went to scorecards in their UFC career.
Ortega versus Zombie play-by-play.
Bout 10: Jessica Andrade (20-8) vs. Katlyn Chookagian (14-3) (Flyweight)
Former Strawweight Champion Andrade Wins Flyweight Debut
Former UFC Strawweight Champion Jessica Andrade won her flyweight debut on Saturday, stopping Katlyn Chookagian late in the first round with body punches.
Chookagian got hurt by a body punch while leaving a clinch, causing her to backpedal to the other side of a cage. Andrade landed another punch to the body that dropped Chookagian, ending the fight.
The win was Andrade’s return to the win column after two high-profile losses. Andrade’s win bumps her onto a shortlist of contenders for a title shot.
“Let’s see if I can get a chance at fighting Valentina [Shevchenko],” said Andrade’s translator in the post-fight interview, calling out the current flyweight champion.
Andrade lost her two previous fights, albeit one was a title fight against Zhang Weili and the other was a title eliminator against Rose Namajunas.
Andrade versus Chookagian play-by-play.
Bout 9: Modestas Bukauskas (11-2) vs. Jimmy Crute (11-1) (Light Heavyweight)
Powerful Punches Earn Crute Quick Win
Jimmy Crute finished his fight quickly, stopping Modestas Bukauskas with hard punches in the first round. The win was Crute’s second-straight in the UFC.
Crute dropped Bukauskas early with a right hook, landing a two-punch combination to score another knockdown and end the fight right after.
Crute called out who he wants next after his win.
“Nikita Krylov what do you want,” said Crute in his post-fight interview.
Crute won in his previous fight as well, defeating Michal Oleksijczuk with a kimura in the first round.
Bukauskas made his UFC debut in July, defeating Andreas Michailidis via stoppage.
Crute versus Bukauskas play-by-play.
Bout 8: Claudio Silva (14-1) vs. James Krause (27-8) (Welterweight)
Krause Ends 14-Fight Streak of Silva
James Krause snapped the 14-fight streak of wins from Claudio Silva, defeating him via decision on the main card. The mainly stand-up bout went the way of Krause as he landed good punches and avoided takedowns.
Silva did the most damage to Krause with leg kicks which caused Krause to fall down a couple of times in the third round.
“I found myself wobbling around sometimes,” admitted Krause in his post-fight interview, also noting that the damage done to his legs was inflicted in the fight and now before he came into it.
Krause bounced back from his February loss to Trevin Giles with the fight.
The loss for Silva was his first since his first fight as a pro. He had five-straight wins in the UFC before.
Krause versus Silva play-by-play.
Bout 7: Thomas Almeida (22-3) vs. Jonathan Martinez (12-3) (Featherweight)
Martinez Sweeps Scorecards Over Returning Almeida
Jonathan Martinez opened the main card with a strong striking battle over Thomas Almeida. The fight saw Martinez out-strike Almeida through all three rounds to be favoured on scorecards.
Martinez heated up in the third round, wobbling Almeida a couple of times with punches and head kicks.
The win for Martinez was his second-straight, with his previous performance being a victory over Frankie Saenz.
The fight was Almeida’s return to action after a two-year absence from competition.
Martinez versus Almeida play-by-play.
Bout 6: Mateusz Gamrot (17-0) vs. Guram Kutateladze (11-2) (Lightweight)
Kutateladze Takes Undefeated Record of Gamrot on Prelims
Short-notice opponent Guram Kutateladze pulled off an upset over Mateusz Gamrot to finish the preliminary card. Kutateladze picked up a split decision victory after three rounds, ending the 17-fight undefeated record of Gamrot.
The first two rounds had Kutateladze show his takedown defence while being the more active striker on the feet.
Kutateladze disagreed with the decision afterwards.
“It wasn’t my fight. I’m sorry to say that brother,” said Kutateladze in his post-fight interview.
Gamrot finished the fight stronger, putting together some takedowns and controlling the fight on the ground.
Gamrot made his UFC debut in the fight after fighting in KSW since 2013. Gamrot captured the promotion’s lightweight belt in 2016, defending it six times after.
Kutateladze was replacing Magomed Mustafaev in the fight. Also making his promotional debut, Kutateladze walked into the cage on a seven-fight streak of wins.
Gamrot versus Kutateladze play-by-play.
Bout 5: Gillian Robertson (8-4) vs. Poliana Botelho (8-2) (Flyweight)
Robertson Wins Decision Against Botelho
Scoring takedowns and keeping control on the ground in all three rounds, Gillian Robertson won a unanimous decision over Poliana Botelho.
Robertson wasn’t happy that the fight went to scorecards after.
“The plan was to finish her so I’m not happy,” said Robertson in her post-fight interview.
She called out Antonina Shevchenko in her post-fight interview.
Robertson earned her third win of 2020, has her previous outing was a submission victory over Cortney Casey.
The fight was Botelho’s first since April of 2019, where she defeated Lauren Mueller at UFC 236.
Robertson versus Botelho play-by-play.
Bout 4: Jun Yong Park (11-4) vs. John Phillips (22-10) (Middleweight)
Park Controls Majority of Fight Over Phillips
Jun Yong Park put on an absolutely one-sided performance over John Phillips on the prelims to take a decision victory. Park was able to ground and pound Phillips on the ground throughout the 15 minute performance.
Per the UFC broadcast, the performance from Park broke the UFC record for most ground strikes in a fight.
Two judges gave Park two 10-8 rounds in his performance. UFC’s statistics recorded 13 minutes of control on the ground for Park in the fight.
The win was Park’s second-straight in the UFC. His previous win was in December against Marc-Andre Barriault.
Phillips’ previous loss was against Khamzat Chimaev in July.
Park versus Phillips play-by-play.
Bout 3: Fares Ziam (10-3) vs. Jamie Mullarkey (12-3) (Lightweight)
Ziam Earns First UFC Win
Fares Ziam won a unanimous decision over Jamie Mullarkey on the prelims. The fight was Ziam’s first victory in the UFC, having lost his previous appearance.
Mullarkey landed numerous takedowns in the fight. The battle often returned to the feet as Ziam would escape positions while Mullarkey would try to transition.
The striking on the feet was minimal, as Mullarkey would often chase down Ziam.
Critics disagreed with the decision, with 14 of the 16 media scorecards on MMADecisions.com reflecting a win for Mullarkey.
Both fighters were returning after an unsuccessful UFC debut in 2019.
Ziam versus Mullarkey play-by-play.
Bout 2: Gadzhimurad Antigulov (20-7) vs. Maxim Grishin (30-8-2) (Light Heavyweight)
Grishin Wins In Return To Light Heavyweight
Maxim Grishin won his first UFC fight on Saturday, stopping Gadzhimurad Antigulov in the second round with strikes. The fight was Grishin’s return to light heavyweight after a UFC debut loss to Marcin Tybura at heavyweight earlier in the year.
Minutes after nearly finishing Antigulov with ground and pound in the second round, Grishin stopped the fight late in the second round with a combo of punches that made Antigulov cover up against the cage.
Antigulov’s best work in the fight was when he was able to clinch with Grishin on the feet.
The loss was Antigulov’s fourth-straight in the UFC.
Grishin versus Antigulov play-by-play.
Bout 1: Said Nurmagomedov (13-2) vs. Mark Striegl (18-2) (Bantamweight)
Nurmagomedov Stops Striegl Within A Minute
Said Nurmagomedov spoiled the debut of Mark Striegl to kick off the main card, finishing him with ground and pound strikes in the first round.
Nurmagomedov was able to drop Striegl with punches while a single leg takedown was being attempted on him in the opening minute. Nurmagomedov landed ground and pound after flooring Striegl with punches.
Striegl left the cage under his own control before the official result was announced.
The fight saw Nurmagomedov bounce back from his first loss as a pro, which came against Raoni Barcelo in December.