Chang Sung Jung v Yair Rodriguez Betting Tips & Predictions
Ultimate Fighting Championship Fight Night 139 is upon us with the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado playing host to another top night of action from the Mixed Martial Arts circuit. The card has already made headlines for all the wrong reasons with the night threatened by the withdrawal of one fighter from the main event due to injury. Here, we check out the best Chang Sung Jung v Yair Rodriguez betting tips.
It was billed as a blockbuster meeting between former champion Frankie Edgar and Chan Sung Jung; however, the latter suffered a torn left bicep during his preparations for a bout he hoped would catapult him back towards the big time. It remains to be seen how long he’ll be out for. However, one thing’s for sure, Edgar will need a big 2019 if he is to force his way back into title contention, starting as early as possible in the news year.
The show was saved when UFC president Dana White told fans he had found a replacement. As far as stand-ins go it’s a pretty good swap to make. Fight Night 139 will now be headlined by Chang Sung Jung vs Yair Rodriguez in the featherweight division and that’s one that has followers of the sport excited.
It’s not the only match-up of interest on the night, of course. The Main Card is made up of Donald Cerrone v Mike Perry at welterweight, Raquel Pennington v Germaine de Randamie at bantamweight, Joseph Benavidez v Ray Borg from the flyweight category, Maycee Barber v Hannah Cifers strawweight and, finally, Mike Trizano puts his 7-0-0 record on the line against Luis Pena’s 3-0-0.
UK fans can catch the most important fights of the night live on TV courtesy of BT Sport. Meanwhile, those with access to the Preliminary Card and Early Prelims have plenty more to sit through. The pick of the undercard bouts includes Chas Kelly v Bobby Moffett, Mark De La Rosa v Jordan Espinosa and Ricardo Ramos v Ricky Simon.
Korean Zombie Excites Fans
When a fighter carries the handle ‘The Korean Zombie’ you know he’s going to bring excitement; that’s just what fight fans can expect from Chan Sung Jung. The 31-year-old from Pohang got his nickname from his zombie-like ability to keep moving forward aggressively, coming back for more at every opportunity. He’s a determined battler and one who doesn’t know when to quit. If he can win at the Pepsi Center he will find himself near the front of the queue for titles.
Fighting out of Seoul, he brings a style heavily reliant on his kickboxing background, with fighting disciplines Hapkido, Taekwondo and Judo thrown in for good measure. The 5ft 7inch orthodox brings an MMA record of 14 wins from 18 contests with four of his victories coming by way of knockout and eight by submission. The fact he has won only twice on the scorecards gives casual followers a taste of what to expect. Of his four defeats, Sung Jung has been KO’d twice, proving he’s a real kill-or-be-killed type.
Chang isn’t the most active fighter on the circuit but that’s through no fault of his own, with injury an opponent call-offs hampering his progress. He beat Dennis Bermudez by first round knockout early last year, a shot that won him a performance of the night bonus on UFC Fight Night 104. The fighter was scheduled to meet Ricardo Lamas in the summer of 2017 on UFC 214 but had to withdraw from the programme due to a knee injury. He missed a real shot there and has been playing catch-up ever since.
Jung Odds-On Favourite
That’s why he would’ve feared the worst when Frankie Edgar pulled out, but he has been handed a second chance with Rodriguez stepping up to the plate and it’s one he must grab with both hands. Bookmakers expect him to do just that and have priced The Korean Zombie up as favourite.
If you fancy supporting Jung to get the desired result, we advise doing so at as they are offering a market best price 8/11. That’s tight, of course, and it probably best suited to your accumulators, but it’s better than the 8/13 you’ll get elsewhere.
If happy to take more of a risk for a bigger return, then a bet on the method of victory market could be for you. It’s a bigger ask as you have to predict who will win and how they’ll do it, but the pay-outs are more attractive. Pick from a list of knockout, submission or points. The latter shouldn’t be too popular, given Jung’s past performances and love of a war.
Mexican Rodriguez Brings a Strong CV
Opponent, Yair Rodriguez, may well travel from his Chicago base as a rank outsider to step in as a late notice replacement and spoil the party but he won’t pay too much attention to the thinking of bookmakers. He’ll fancy his chances of what would be an important victory in front of a bumper audience. He certainly has the skill and background to push Jung all the way and the stats tell us this will be a well-matched classic.
The 26-year-old from Parral in Mexico has experience fighting on the Taekwondo, Boxing and Judo circuits and has certainly made an impact since switching over to the world of MMA and competing in the octagon under the UFC banner. The man dubbed Chilito has won 10 of his first dozen matches at this level, with five by decision, three by knockout and two submission. He’s a genuine all-rounder with the ability to hurt opponents with his stand-up fighting or hold his own if taken to the floor. His energetic style makes it difficult for the scoring judges to go against.
Rodriguez’s two defeats to date have come inside the distance and that’s something that Team Jung would’ve picked up on, given the power coming out of that camp. The most recent of those losses came in his last outing when halted in round two by the very man he replaced – Frankie Edgar. That came back in May 2017 and ended a run of eight wins on the bounce.
Chance to Make Amends
That really shouldn’t have knocked him too far off-course, given the respect Edgar has in the game, but Yair has had nothing but problems with the UFC since. He was reportedly released by the organisation earlier this year after declining two proposed bouts. That looked to be the end of his time at the head table, but private negotiations brought about some luck and he was reinstated. But for how long?
Failure to win this bout could see him thrown on the scrapheap, but the underdog will view it very differently. He’ll see it as a chance to make amends and fire himself back into contention. If Rodriguez makes it to the octagon he’ll start as a 23/20 second favourite with Unibet.
A big price, but we really don’t think it’ll be big enough to tempt punters into parting with their cash, except maybe those who enjoy a small stakes play on a man fighting for his future. You can also bet on Rodriguez to win by knockout, submission, or on points, the latter looking to be his best bet.
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