UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. The Korean Zombie

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UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. The Korean Zombie
Ortega vs. The Korean Zombie.jpeg
The poster for UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. The Korean Zombie.
Information
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateOctober 18, 2020 (2020-10-18)
VenueFlash Forum
CityAbu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
AttendanceNone (behind closed doors)[1]
Event chronology
UFC Fight Night: Moraes vs. Sandhagen UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. The Korean Zombie UFC 254: Khabib vs. Gaethje

UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. The Korean Zombie (also known as UFC Fight Night 180 UFC on ESPN+ 38 and UFC Fight Island 6) was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that took place on October 18, 2020 at the Flash Forum on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.[2][3]

Background[edit]

Without fans in attendance, the promotion did not have to worry about the local timing of the event, so the plan was to proceed with normal timing for prime time hours on the east coast of North America. The main card was scheduled to begin at 3:00 am (October 18) local time in Abu Dhabi, with a full preliminary card beginning at approximately 12:00 am Gulf Standard Time.[4]

A featherweight bout between former UFC Featherweight Championship challengers Brian Ortega and Chan Sung Jung served as the event headliner.[5] The duo was previously scheduled to main event UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. The Korean Zombie in December 2019.[6] However, Ortega pulled out of the fight with a knee injury and was replaced by former UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar.[7]

A women's flyweight bout between former UFC Women's Strawweight Champion Jéssica Andrade and former UFC Women's Flyweight Championship challenger Jessica Eye was briefly linked to the event.[8] However, the pairing never materialized due to lingering injuries for Eye. Andrade faced another former flyweight title challenger in Katlyn Chookagian instead.[9]

A heavyweight bout between Ciryl Gane and Shamil Abdurakhimov was expected to take place at this event.[10][11] The pairing was originally scheduled for UFC 249, but Gane was forced to pull out of the event after he suffered a pneumothorax in training.[12] Subsequently, the pairing was rescheduled and cancelled on three other occasions for various reasons. First at UFC 251, then briefly for UFC 253 and UFC Fight Night: Covington vs. Woodley.[13] The bout fell through once again as Abdurakhimov pulled out due to undisclosed reasons on September 28. Gane was then expected to face promotional newcomer Ante Delija.[14] However on October 14, the bout was cancelled due to contractual issues with Delija, seemingly related to his previous deal with the PFL.[15]

A lightweight bout between Renato Moicano and Magomed Mustafaev was scheduled for the event. However, Moicano pulled out of the fight on September 15 due to personal reasons.[16][17] He was replaced by former KSW Featherweight and Lightweight Champion Mateusz Gamrot.[18] In turn, Mustafaev pulled out in early October due to undisclosed reasons.[19][20] Gamrot faced fellow promotional newcomer Guram Kutateladze instead.[21]

A light heavyweight bout between former UFC Light Heavyweight Championship challenger Volkan Oezdemir and Nikita Krylov was briefly linked to the event. However, Oezdemir pulled out of the fight in early October citing a knee injury.[19] A replacement could not be found and Krylov was removed from the card.[22]

Muslim Salikhov was expected to face Cláudio Silva in a welterweight bout at the event. However on October 4, it was announced that Salikhov pulled out due to undisclosed reasons and was replaced by James Krause [23]

A middleweight bout between Krzysztof Jotko and Makhmud Muradov was briefly scheduled to take place at this event, before being moved two weeks later to UFC Fight Night: Hall vs. Silva.[24]

Mounir Lazzez was expected to face David Zawada in a welterweight bout at the event. However on October 6, it was reported that Lazzez tested positive for COVID-19 and would not compete. In turn, Zawada was removed from the card.[25]

Results[edit]

Main card (ESPN+)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Featherweight Brian Ortega def. Chan Sung Jung Decision (unanimous) (50–45, 50–45, 50–45) 5 5:00
Women’s Flyweight Jéssica Andrade def. Katlyn Chookagian TKO (body punches) 1 4:57
Light Heavyweight Jimmy Crute def. Modestas Bukauskas KO (punches) 1 2:01
Welterweight James Krause def. Cláudio Silva Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Featherweight Jonathan Martinez def. Thomas Almeida Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Preliminary card (ESPN+)
Lightweight Guram Kutateladze def. Mateusz Gamrot Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28) 3 5:00
Women's Flyweight Gillian Robertson def. Poliana Botelho Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–27, 29–27) 3 5:00
Middleweight Jun Yong Park def. John Phillips Decision (unanimous) (30–25, 30–25, 30–25) 3 5:00
Lightweight Fares Ziam def. Jamie Mullarkey Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Light Heavyweight Maxim Grishin def. Gadzhimurad Antigulov TKO (punches) 2 4:58
Bantamweight Said Nurmagomedov def. Mark Striegl KO (punches) 1 0:51

[26]

Bonus awards[edit]

The following fighters received $50,000 bonuses.[27]

  • Fight of the Night: Guram Kutateladze vs. Mateusz Gamrot
  • Performance of the Night: Jéssica Andrade and Jimmy Crute

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  20. ^ Maciej Święch (2020-10-02). "Mateusz Gamrot is waiting for the winner: I've fired the hardest part of it if it all happened". mma.pl. Retrieved 2020-10-04. (in Polish)
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  22. ^ Staff (2020-10-08). "Nikita Krylov will not fight on UFC Fight Island in Abu Dhabi". fighttime.ru. Retrieved 2020-10-08. (in Russian)
  23. ^ Mike Heck (2020-10-04). "With Muslim Salikhov out, James Krause steps in to face Claudio Silva at UFC's Fight Island event on Oct. 17". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2020-10-04.
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