- Max Holloway and The Korean Zombie headline UFC's Singapore card this year.
- Max Holloway is the heavy betting favorite at -800.
- The Korean Zombie is the overwhelming betting underdog at +550.
UFC returns to Singapore this weekend where an exciting featherweight class will be witnessed as No. 1-ranked contender Max Holloway (27-1) faces the No. 8-ranked divisional challenger Chan Sung Jung, aka The Korean Zombie (17-7), inside Singapore Indoor Stadium this Saturday, Aug. 26. Max Holloway is labeled as the heavy betting favorite at -800 in UFC odds.
— UFC (@ufc) August 21, 2023
Meanwhile, The Korean Zombie comes in as the overwhelming underdog at +550. Both featherweight fighters are veterans under the Las Vegas-based promotion, with Holloway having 27 bouts since his debut in February 2012 and The Korean Zombie competing in 11 UFC fights since March 2011.
There are several factors for their roles in online sports betting, but one of the primary reasons is their age difference. Holloway is still at the peak of his professional career at 31, but The Korean Zombie is now at the tail end at 36. Additionally, Holloway is coming off a bounce-back victory in his last fight, while The Korean Zombie received a loss from his previous match.
Max Holloway Recent Fight Results
Max Holloway made his Octagon debut in February 2012 against Dustin Poirier but was defeated by first-round submission. But that early setback didn’t hinder “Blessed” from slowly climbing the rankings. Since that loss, Holloway amassed a record of 12 wins and only two losses in his next 14 bouts to earn his first title opportunity against Anthony Pettis for the interim featherweight title.
The Hawaii native stopped Pettis in the third round to set the stage for a title unification match with Jose Aldo in June 2017, where he TKO’ed him in the third round to become the new king of the 145-pound division. Since then, he made three successive title defenses over Aldo (in their rematch), Brian Ortega, and Frankie Edgar.
Holloway made a quick pit stop in the lightweight division to face Dustin Poirier for the UFC interim lightweight title in April 2019 but came up short as Poirier won that match unanimously. The 31-year-old found his kryptonite in Alexander Volkanovski, with whom he lost three fights. Holloway’s three recent victories came against Calvin Kattar, Yair Rodriguez, and Arnold Allen.
— UFC (@ufc) August 21, 2023
The Korean Zombie Recent Fight Results
Chan Sung Jung, also known as The Korean Zombie, quickly racked up three straight wins in the UFC, defeating Leonard Garcia, Mark Hominick, and Dustin Poirier in his first three bouts inside the Octagon. This streak became his ticket to a title shot in August 2013 against Jose Aldo, but “Junior” was too much for him to handle after Aldo stopped him in the fourth round of their title showdown.
After that title loss, The Korean Zombie served in the military and was out for almost three years. He returned to action in February 2017 and collected four wins and three losses. His most recent fight was against Volkanovski for his second title shot in April 2022. However, “The Great” was too fast and too strong for him, receiving another defeat via fourth-round TKO.
The Korean Zombie gets it done! 👏
— UFC on TNT Sports (@ufcontnt) June 20, 2021
Max Holloway vs. The Korean Zombie: Tale of the Tape
|Max Holloway||The Korean Zombie|
|Reach||69 inches||72 inches|
|Leg Reach||42 inches||38.5 inches|
Max Holloway vs. The Korean Zombie: Fight Analysis
The tale of the tape between Holloway and The Korean Zombie favors Holloway as he will enjoy a five-year youth advantage (31 years against 36 years), four inches of height advantage (5-foot-11 compared to 5-foot-7), and three-and-a-half leg reach edge (42 inches versus 38.5 inches). The only category that favors The Korean Zombie is the reach, as he has an upper hand of three inches (72 inches) against Holloway (69 inches).
In terms of fighting style, both are striking wizards who like to fight on the feet and try to finish their opponents via punches or kicks. Holloway has a background in Muay Thai, and The Korean Zombie has kickboxing roots. A few proofs in the statistics verify striking as their bread and butter.
43% of Holloway’s victories are through TKO/KO, and 35% of The Korean Zombie were also through this method. Holloway also has a high volume of significant strikes landed per minute output of 7.16 with a 47% rate compared to the Korean Zombie’s 3.97 and 42% production. Both athletes also have decent defensive stats as Holloway only absorbs 4.79 significant strikes per minute (59% rate) and 4.35 for The Korean Zombie at 52% rate.
The grappling numbers are equally divided among them as The Korean Zombie leads in takedown average per 15 minutes (0.74 against 0.28) and submission average per 15 minutes (0.65 against 0.31), while Holloway takes the lead in takedown accuracy (53% against 47%) and takedown defense (84% against 72%).
Every UFC fan should not miss this clash of the two featherweight OGs because it will be a guaranteed striking spectacle. Holloway will be at it again with his signature forward-pressure style and unlimited cardio that allows him to throw a lot of punches throughout the entirety of the match, while The Korean Zombie brings his killer instinct of finishing his opponents through a wide range of unorthodox strikes.
Unfortunately, The Korean Zombie has been caught by Father Time as he is now a step slower compared to his early days in the Octagon. Holloway’s crisp boxing combinations, quickness, and accuracy will be too much to handle for the aging Chang Sung Jung, making it a favorable matchup for “Blessed.”
Official Prediction: TKO/KO victory for Max Holloway.
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