The ‘Squared Up’ series has been such an informative read and a great way to prepare your bets for the UFC main events. My partner in crime Jay Paglia has asked me to fill in this week, so hopefully, I can keep the positive win streak going for him and the Oddsmarket gang.
UFC Fight Night 154 Squared Up: Moicano vs. Chan Sung Jung Preview and Betting Tips
<div><p>This week the UFC keeps it local when visiting South Carolina for UFC Fight Night 154. The Bon Secours Wellness Arena will be the host of 12 action-packed martial arts contests, with Renato Moicano and “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung playing hosts for the night's main event matchup.</p><p style="text-align:center"><b>RENATO MOICANO (16-2-1) VS CHAN SUNG JUNG (14-5-0)</b></p><p style="text-align:center"><b><img alt src="https://usatmmajunkie.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/renato-moicano-calvin-kattar-ufc-223-2.jpg?w=1000&h=600&crop=1" style="width:800px;height:480px" /></b></p><h2><strong>Renato Moicano: </strong></h2><p>Renato Moicano started his professional MMA career back in 2010 and quickly made a name for himself in his home country of Brazil. After much success at the Jungle Fight martial arts organization, he was signed by the UFC in 2014 winning his debut fight on just 10 days’ notice, Renato impressed the UFC suits with a submission victory and has been a fierce competitor for the company ever since.</p><p>A black belt in Brazilian Ju-jitsu and Muay Thai specialist, Moicano’s only losses In the UFC have come against the former champion (and arguably one of the greatest Featherweights of all time) Jose Aldo and number two ranked Brian Ortega. The Brazilians notable wins which put him 5<sup>th</sup> ranked in the division came against heavy hitter Jeremy Stephens and the super tough and durable Calvin Kattar.</p><p><strong><u>― STATS ―</u></strong></p><p>•<strong>Method of Victory •Significant Strikes </strong>(per/min)<strong> •Takedowns </strong></p><p>▪0 wins by TKO ▪ 5.60 Landed ▪ 46.00% Accuracy</p><p>▪7 wins by Decision ▪ 3.53 Absorbed ▪ 67.00% Defended</p><p>▪7 wins by Submission</p><p><strong><u>― PROS ―</u></strong></p><p>• <strong>Striking</strong> (Moicano is great when keeping distance and implementing his Muay Thai striking)</p><div>• <strong>Speed </strong>(I have to give the speed advantage to Moicano here, Jung is relatively slower than his younger self)</div><div>• <b>Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu </b><strong> </strong>(The seven professional victories by submission speak for themselves)</div><p>• <strong>Legs</strong><strong> </strong>(A good path for victory would be to give Sung a barrage of leg kicks to slow down his pressure)</p><p><strong><u>― CONS ―</u></strong></p><p>• <strong>Striking Defense (</strong>After a tough TKO loss to Jose Aldo, the question will remain can Moicano handle Jung’s power)</p><p>• <strong>Round One (</strong>Weathering the storm “The Korean Zombie” brings too every round one will be interesting to see)</p><p>• <strong>Takedown Defense (</strong>I think Jung will have the slight grappling advantage, but taking Moicano on the mat could be the worst tactical decision)</p><p style="text-align:center"><img alt src="https://ms.sbrfeeds.com/redirect-proxy/redirect/?url=http://cleatgeeks.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ChanSungJung.jpg" style="width:800px;height:533px" /></p><h2><strong>Chan Sung Jung:</strong></h2><p>Chan Sung Jung, better known as “The Korean Zombie” could quite possibly be given legend status with only six fights in his entire UFC career. Since joining the UFC in 2011, the Korean hasn’t been given the opportunity to have a prosperous journey with the UFC due to the Korean government and their laws involving the Korean army.</p><p>South Korea doesn’t have the best reputation worldwide but you’d at least think they would allow one of their best martial artists to get himself in title contention…nope! Jung has not been able to compete frequently because the army required his services on multiple occasions preventing him from accepting fights.</p><p>With 8 years and only 6 fights for the UFC, Jung has still managed to keep himself in the top rankings (#12). His notable wins would be a knockout punch against Denis Bermudez in 2017 and his submission victory over Dustin Poirier taking it all the way back to 2012.</p><p><strong><u>― STATS ―</u></strong></p><p>•<strong>Method of Victory •Significant Strikes </strong>(per/min)<strong> •Takedowns </strong></p><p>▪4 wins by TKO ▪ 4.12 Landed ▪ 45% Accuracy</p><p>▪2 wins by Decision ▪3.81 Absorbed ▪ 75% Defended</p><p>▪8 wins by Submission</p><p><strong><u>― PROS ―</u></strong></p><p>• <strong>Pressure </strong>(Jung will put the pressure on instantly, weathering his storm is important)</p><p>• <strong>Grappling </strong>(I think Jung might be able to control any grappling exchanges, he’s susceptible to being taken down but against Moicano cage control might be in his favour.</p><p><strong><u>― CONS ―</u></strong></p><p>• <strong>Inactivity </strong>(It’s clear to see that Sung is the least active Top 15 Featherweight member on the UFC roster)</p><p>• <strong>Chin </strong>(With his most recent two losses coming by way of TKO, keep an eye on Moicano to potentially grab his first ever TKO victory in the UFC)</p><p>• <strong>Decision </strong>(Jung is not a point fighter; he hasn’t won a fight by decision since 2008)</p><p>• <strong>Striking </strong>(Jung losses to Moicano in all striking statistics, with his heavy forward pressure this could bode against the Korean)</p><p style="text-align:center"><img alt src="https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--QzrUoU1e--/c_scale,f_auto,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/17wwvcry020hhjpg.jpg" style="width:800px;height:450px" /></p><p><strong>THE VERDICT</strong></p><p><strong>Everybody loves “The Korean Zombie”, humble in victory and defeat the Korean legend just doesn’t cut the mustard in today’s upper echelon the UFC has to offer. In his previous three bouts, two of those he lost by TKO which just isn’t a good sign in an ageing fighters’ career.</strong></p><p><strong>Jung is the type of fighter who leaves it all in the octogen, I’m certain this fight will not see the scorecards as we never do when he’s competing, this leads us to Moicano… who is currently 7-0 when the fight has gone the distance. This is telling us that if Jung wins, he wins inside the distance which isn’t unimaginable… just unrealistic in my opinion. </strong></p><p><strong>Moicano has advantages everywhere in this fight, standing or on the mat. Age, leg reach, ranking, activity, significant strikes, grappling accuracy and most importantly… skill set. An easy ‘fight of the night’ contender here, expect fireworks and no judges needed. </strong></p><h2><strong>THE PICK</strong></h2><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&f=1" target="_blank" title="UFC Betting Odds"><strong><em>Renato Moicano [47/100] [1.47] [-213] with Bet365</em></strong></a></p><p style="text-align:center"> </p></div>