In Saturday night’s main event, No. 2 ranked UFC featherweight Brian Ortega returns to the Octagon®for a grudge match against No. 4 Chan Sung Jung. “T-City” will be hoping he can make a claim for a title challenge with a win this weekend. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt has won 14 of his last 16 bouts and holds spectacular finishes over Frankie Edgar, Cub Swanson, Renato Moicano and Clay Guida.
Chan Sung Jung – more familiarly known as “The Korean Zombie” – had success last time out with his first round KO victory over Frankie Edgar back in December 2019. He’s currently 3-1 since returning to the Octagon in 2017 after serving in the military in his homeland for four years. The Korean will be hoping to stake his claim as the next UFC featherweight title challenger with a victory over Ortega.
In the women’s flyweight division, recent women’s flyweight title challenger and No. 1 ranked contender Katlyn “Blonde Fighter” Chookagian takes on former strawweight champion Jessica Andrade. The “Blonde Fighter” has previously defeated Jennifer Maia and Joanne Calderwood respectively, showing impressive resilience in both.
Fresh off the back of her victory against Antonina “La Pantera” Shevchenko last May, Chookagian will be hoping a victory can get her another shot at the title belt.
Former strawweight champion Jessica Andrade will be making her flyweight debut this weekend after changing division. Her last outing at Fight Island saw her come up short in a split decision verdict in a rematch against Namajunas. She’ll be hoping to have better fortunes this time around in her quest for a chance at the title belt. Known for her unrelenting pressure and power many believe this weight division will suit the Brazilian better which makes this an exciting match-up.
Over in the prelims, Welsh warrior John Phillips will be taking on Jun Yong Park in a middleweight bout. This will be the Welshman’s second appearance at Fight Island after his defeat to Khamzat Chimaev earlier this summer. Before that the Swansea-native had impressed with a 17-second knockout win over Alen Amedovski last year. Phillips will be hoping to gain back that momentum and has been working on his wrestling ahead of his bout against the South Korean.
This will be the “Iron Turtle’s” first appearance in the Octagon this year after getting back to winning ways in his last outing, a unanimous decision victory over Marc-Andre Barriault in December 2019. He has earned eight finishes in 11 career wins and will be looking to make a statement for his UFC career with a win against the Welshman.