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This is an intriguing fight to open the card, as both men are young and are entering this fight with momentum. Due to the shallowness of the Light Heavyweight division, the winner of this fight could very well become ranked. Kennedy Nzechukwu is a striker, who has excellent size and one of the longest reaches in the division. With an 80% takedown defense and an iron chin, Nzechukwu could be something special should he shore up his striking defense. Absorbing a little more than five significant strikes a minute, Nzechukwu is being overly reliant on his durability. Then there is Da Un Jung, who other than his fight against Sam Alvey, has dominated thus far in the UFC. With well rounded abilities, Jung has done an excellent job of game planning and executing inside the octagon. In Jung’s most recent fight, he neutralized William Knight by taking him down eight times.
As for a prediction, I have Jung. While I expect this fight to be very competitive, it’s Jung’s ability to mix in his wrestling that I favor in aiding him to victory. Nzechukwu’s takedown defense has been tested often, as he shrugged off thirty one of the thirty eight takedown attempts against him. However, when taken down, Nzechukwu has shown he can be controlled for lengths of times. Given Jung just controlled the physically strong Knight for twelve of the fifteen minutes of the fight, I’m going to say he should, in some capacity, do the same against Nzechukwu. So with that said, I predict that Jung wins via decision.