Paid Members wandshogun09 Posted January 2, 2017 Paid Members Share Posted January 2, 2017 Houston, we have a Zombie! Yes, Saturday 4th February sees the return to the Octagon of one of the lighter weight classes more popular fighters - The Korean Zombie is back... FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD Dennis Bermudez vs Chan Sung Jung Alexa Grasso vs Felice Herrig Abel Trujillo vs James Vick Ovince Saint Preux vs Volkan Oezdemir Anthony Hamilton vs Marcel Fortuna Jessica Andrade vs Angela Hill FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS Adam Milstead vs Curtis Blaydes Chas Skelly vs Chris Gruetzemacher Michinori Tanaka vs Ricardo Ramos Tecia Torres vs Bec Rawlings FIGHT PASS PRELIMS Alex Morono vs Niko Price Khalil Rountree vs Daniel Jolly I don't even think that's the final card and I can't wait for this! Bermudez vs Zombie is ***WAND'S ONE TO WATCH*** here. Fuck it. I usually try and highlight an undercard fight but when a fight like this is on the card I can't go with anything else. This is going to be something else. Bermudez is coming off two wins over Tatsuya Kawajiri and Rony Jason. He's taken a more cautious and safety first approach to those fights but he's a stupidly exciting fighter when he's in with the right opponent. His fight with Jeremy Stephens at UFC 189 was crazy and his war with Matt Grice from 2013 needs to be seen to be believed. One of my favourite fights ever. The story is this man though. As the poster says THE KOREAN ZOMBIE RISES AGAIN. He hasn't fought in about three and a half years. His last fight was a featherweight title shot against Jose Aldo in August 2013. He didn't do too badly in that fight but he suffered a shoulder injury and Aldo put him away in the fourth round. He had a bunch of injuries coming out of that fight too - the dislocated shoulder plus a broken orbital bone and a fractured foot. He was scheduled for one or two fights in the year or so following the loss to Aldo but he kept getting struck down by injuries. Then he had to step away from MMA altogether for mandatory military service. That shit's done now and the Zombie is back! He's still only 29 as well so there's still time for him to make some noise again. For anyone who wonders what the fuss was about, I point you to his first 3 UFC fights. From March 2011 to May 2012 he fought three times. First he beat Leonard Garcia in their rematch via twister. It was the first and only time to date anyone has pulled off the twister in a UFC fight, and it might well be the last. Such a rare and tricky submission to pull off in an actual fight. Then he knocked out Mark Hominick in 7 seconds. Hominick was a seasoned striker who'd gone five rounds with Aldo earlier that year and Zombie took him out in 7 bastard seconds! Then he submitted Dustin Poirier in what many felt was the 2012 FOTY. Just a wild little run of wins. And that's what bagged him the shot at Aldo. He came up short but for a while there he was perhaps the most popular guy on the roster. Korean Zombie highlight; https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&persist_app=1&v=Fq7aDVmEZls It'll be good to see him back in there, and what better time to throw him back into the mix at featherweight? The division is stronger than it's ever been despite McGregor moving to lightweight. Having the KZ back only bolsters the weight class more. They haven't exactly eased him back in giving him Bermudez after three years on the shelf but I believe in the Zombie. Grasso vs Herrig should be entertaining. Both are mega aggressive, sometimes to their own detriment, so I can't see it being dull in any shape or form. I've made no secret that I can't stand Herrig so I hope Grasso batters her. Grasso has way more upside and a bright future ahead of her and she's way more likeable. Herrig's a crafty vet though so it mightn't be plain sailing for Grasso. Dunham vs Trujillo is one of those fights you know is going to be a slugfest. They've tried to do this fight a couple of times now and it's fallen apart through injuries. Hopefully it happens this times because it should be fireworks. Dunham is gnarly as fuck and Trujillo is ridiculously powerful and explosive. High hopes for this one. Torres vs Rawlings is a decent little fight. Like with Herrig, I've always thought Bec Rawlings seems a bit of a cunt. So I'm pulling for Torres to smash her. I think Torres should win this, hopefully she does it in style. She's a good fighter but she's become a little bit of a decision merchant. She could do with a big finish or something to really push her to that next level. OSP vs Blachowicz I'm neither here nor there on really. Neither fighter excites me much. Could be good I suppose. 205 has to be one of the least interesting divisions in the sport right now though. Only things of note on the rest of the card at first glance are the Chas Skelly and Justin Ledet fights. I've always liked Skelly, he's goofy but he's likeable with a bit of that Matt Riddle vibe IMO. And his submission over Maximo Blanco last time out was one of the best submissions of 2016 easy. And Justin Ledet looked really impressive in his UFC debut. Plenty to like about this one. I don't want to jinx it but that main event has FOTY contender written all over it. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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