UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. The Korean Zombie

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UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. The Korean Zombie
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The poster for UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. The Korean Zombie.
Information
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateDecember 21, 2019 (2019-12-21)
VenueSajik Arena
CityBusan, South Korea
Attendance10,651[1]
Event chronology
UFC 245: Usman vs. Covington UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. The Korean Zombie UFC 246: McGregor vs. Cowboy

UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. The Korean Zombie (also known as UFC Fight Night 165 and UFC on ESPN+ 23) was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that took place on December 21, 2019 at Sajik Arena in Busan, South Korea.[2][3]

Background[edit]

The event marked the promotion's first visit to Busan and the second in South Korea, after UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Masvidal in November 2015.[2]

A featherweight bout between former UFC Featherweight Championship challengers Brian Ortega and Chan Sung Jung was originally slated as the event headliner.[4] However, Ortega pulled out of the fight in early December, citing a knee injury.[5] He was replaced by former UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar.[6] The two were previously scheduled to meet on November 10, 2018 at UFC Fight Night: The Korean Zombie vs. Rodríguez.[7] However, Edgar was forced to pull out of that bout after tearing his bicep.[8]

A flyweight bout between Ji Yeon Kim and Sabina Mazo was scheduled for the event. However, it was reported on November 1 that Kim was forced to pull out of the fight due to an undisclosed injury.[9]

A flyweight bout between Veronica Macedo and Amanda Lemos was scheduled for the event. However, Macedo was removed from the event in favor of a matchup with Ariane Lipski on November 16 at UFC Fight Night: Błachowicz vs. Jacaré.[10] Lemos instead fought Miranda Granger.[11]

Results[edit]

Main Card (ESPN+)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Featherweight Chan Sung Jung def. Frankie Edgar TKO (punches) 1 3:18
Light Heavyweight Volkan Oezdemir def. Aleksandar Rakić Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28) 3 5:00
Featherweight Charles Jourdain def. Doo Ho Choi TKO (punches) 2 4:32
Light Heavyweight Da Un Jung def. Mike Rodríguez KO (punches) 1 1:04
Middleweight Jun Yong Park def. Marc-André Barriault Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Bantamweight Kyung Ho Kang def. Liu Pingyuan Decision (split) (28–29, 29–28, 30–27) 3 5:00
Preliminary Card (ESPN)
Heavyweight Ciryl Gane def. Tanner Boser Decision (unanimous) (30–26, 30–26, 30–26) 3 5:00
Featherweight Seung Woo Choi def. Suman Mokhtarian Decision (unanimous) (29–26, 29–26, 29–25) 3 5:00 [a]
Lightweight Omar Antonio Morales Ferrer def. Dong Hyun Ma Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–26, 29–28) 3 5:00
Flyweight Alexandre Pantoja def. Matt Schnell KO (punches) 1 4:17
Bantamweight Raoni Barcelos def. Said Nurmagomedov Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Womens's Strawweight Amanda Lemos def. Miranda Granger Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) 1 3:43
Bantamweight Heili Alateng def. Ryan Benoit Decision (split) (28–29, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
  1. ^ Choi was deducted a point in round 1 due to repeatedly grabbing the fence.

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Bonus awards[edit]

The following fighters received $50,000 bonuses.[13]

  • Fight of the Night: Charles Jourdain vs. Doo Ho Choi
  • Performance of the Night: Chan Sung Jung and Alexandre Pantoja

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff (2019-12-21). "UFC on ESPN+ 23 draws reported 10,651 attendance for second event in South Korea". mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on 2019-12-21. Retrieved 2019-12-22.
  2. ^ a b Joong Ang Ilbo (2019-07-07). "UFC hosts Korea in four years ... Place is Busan". news.joins.com. Archived from the original on 2019-07-07. Retrieved 2019-07-08. (in Korean)
  3. ^ Newswire (2019-05-12). "UFC announces dates for third, fourth quarter of 2019, including returns to Sacramento, San Antonio, Mexico City". mmafighting.com. Archived from the original on 2019-05-12. Retrieved 2019-05-12.
  4. ^ Nolan King (2019-09-23). "Brian Ortega vs. Chan Sung Jung to headline UFC on ESPN+ 23 in South Korea". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Archived from the original on 2019-09-24. Retrieved 2019-09-24.
  5. ^ Damon Martin (2019-12-05). "Brian Ortega out of UFC Busan main event against 'Korean Zombie' Chan Sung Jung". mmafighting.com. Archived from the original on 2019-12-05. Retrieved 2019-12-05.
  6. ^ Mike Bohn (2019-12-05). "Frankie Edgar replaces Brian Ortega, meets Chan Sung Jung at UFC on ESPN+ 23". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Archived from the original on 2019-12-06. Retrieved 2019-12-06.
  7. ^ Newswire (2018-07-20). "Frankie Edgar-Chan Sung Jung bout set for UFC Fight Night on Nov. 10". espn.com. Archived from the original on 2018-07-21. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  8. ^ Staff (2018-10-27). "Frankie Edgar out, Yair Rodriguez in for UFC Fight Night 139 headliner vs. 'Korean Zombie'". mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on 2018-10-27. Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  9. ^ David Tees (2019-11-01). "Report: Ji Yeon Kim Off UFC Fight Night Busan". fightful.com. Archived from the original on 2019-11-01. Retrieved 2019-11-01.
  10. ^ Alexander K Lee (2019-11-06). "Veronica Macedo steps in to fight Ariane Lipski at UFC Sao Paulo". mmafighting.com. Archived from the original on 2019-11-07. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  11. ^ Redactie (2019-11-21). "Undefeated Miranda Granger takes short notice fight against Amanda Lemos during UFC Busan". mmadna.nl. Archived from the original on 2019-12-04. Retrieved 2019-11-21. (in Dutch)
  12. ^ "UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. The Korean Zombie". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Archived from the original on 2019-12-25. Retrieved 2019-12-22.
  13. ^ Farah Hannaun (2019-12-21). "UFC Busan bonuses: Charles Jourdain moving out of his parents' basement". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2019-12-21.