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Chan Sung Jung made his long-awaited return to the Octagon Saturday night, knocking out Dennis Bermudez at UFC Fight Night 104.
The event took place inside the Toyota Center in Houston.
After spending a year on the sidelines due to injuries sustained in a title fight with featherweight champion Jose Aldo, “The Korean Zombie” served two years in the Korean military. He showed little signs of rust, finishing Bermudez in the first round.
Felice Herrig earned a key win in the strawweight division, scoring a decision over Alexa Grasso in the co-main event.
James Vick submitted Abel Trujillo in the third round, while Marcel Fortuna knocked out Anthony Hamilton.
Volkan Oezdemir earned a decision win over Ovince Saint Preux in his UFC debut and Jessica Andrade spoiled the return of Angela Hill by picking up a decision.
Curtis Blaydes, Chas Skelly, Ricardo Ramos, Tecia Torres, Niko Price and Khalil Rountree all had wins on the prelims.
Jung and Fortuna were awarded “Performance of the Night” bonuses, with Andrade and Hill earning “Fight of the Night.” The attendance was announced at 8,119 for a live gate of $611,133.
Chan Sung Jung def. Dennis Bermudez via KO (strike) at 2:29 of Round 1
Felice Herrig def. Alexa Grasso via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
James Vick def. Abel Trujillo via submission (D’arce choke) at :49 of Round 3
Volkan Oezdemir def. Ovince Saint Preux via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Marcel Fortuna def. Anthony Hamilton via KO (strike) at 3:10 of Round 1
Jessica Andrade def. Angela Hill via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Curtis Blaydes def. Adam Milstead via TKO (knee injury) at :59 of Round 2
Chas Skelly def. Chris Gruetzemacher via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:01 of Round 2
Ricardo Ramos def. Michinori Tanaka via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Tecia Torres def. Bec Rawlings via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Niko Price def. Alex Morono via KO (strike) at 5:00 of Round 2
Khalil Rountree def. Daniel Jolly via KO (knee) at :52 of Round 1
During “UFC Tonight” earlier this week, Daniel Cormier and Kenny Florian offered up their thoughts on the main and co-main event for UFC Fight Night 104.
Daniel Cormier on Dennis Bermudez vs. The Korean Zombie: “Dennis Bermudez has been active and has a win over the current interim champion Max Holloway. He’s gotten comfortable with his striking and wrestling, and is ready to move up in the division. For Bermudez, he’s got to piece it all together, like he did against Clay Guida. There are no tune-up fights for The Korean Zombie.”
Kenny Florian on The Korean Zombie’s return: “The Korean Zombie is very aggressive and is a whirlwind of technique. He gets submissions from front headlocks, which is a good counter to the wrestling of Bermudez. The Korean Zombie is so dangerous. I think Dennis has to be patient with this fight. The longer he’s on the mat rolling with The Korean Zombie, the more susceptible to submissions he is.”
Cormier on Bermudez’s keys to victory: “He has to utilize feints, get in boxing range and land the takedown, but be aware of his limbs and neck because of Zombie’s submissions.”
Florian on The Korean Zombie’s keys to victory: “He’s got to maintain forward pressure, win the scrambles and look for the submissions.”
Both Cormier and Florian pick The Korean Zombie to win. Florian on how: “It’s hard to get a gauge how much The Korean Zombie has progressed with his training since he’s been gone. I think he’s been keeping up and he’ll wait for a mistake from Dennis and get a submission.”
The UFC’s typical “Super Bowl weekend” fight card is all set, as UFC Fight Night 104 takes place this Saturday night.
In the main event, Chan Sung Jung returns to action for the first time since 2013, as “The Korean Zombie” meets Dennis Bermudez. Jung had to serve in the Korean military for the past two years.
The card takes place from the Toyota Center in Houston, with bouts airing on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Below is the complete fight card:
MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1/10 p.m. ET)
Featherweight: Chan Sung Jung vs. Dennis Bermudez
Strawweight: Alexa Grasso vs. Felice Herrig
Lightweight: James Vick vs. Abel Trujillo
Light Heavyweight: Ovince Saint Preux vs. Volkan Oezdemir
Heavyweight: Anthony Hamilton vs. Marcel Fortuna
Strawweight: Jessica Andrade vs. Angela Hill
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET)
Heavyweight: Adam Milstead vs. Curtis Blaydes
Featherweight: Chas Skelly vs. Chris Gruetzemacher
Bantamweight: Ricardo Ramos vs. Michinori Tanaka
Strawweight: Tecia Torres vs. Bec Rawlings
Heavyweight: Justin Ledet vs. Dmitriy Sosnovskiy
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/7 p.m. ET)
Welterweight: Alex Morono vs. Niko Price
Light Heavyweight: Khalil Rountree vs. Daniel Jolly
UFC 208 sees the inaugural women’s featherweight title fight between former bantamweight champ Holly Holm and dangerous striker Germaine de Randamie.
Plus, one of the greatest fighters of all time makes his return to the Octagon against a dangerous contender when Anderson Silva takes on Derek Brunson in the co-main event.
The event takes place February 11 from Brooklyn.