The UFC is presenting a Fight Night card in Singapore, featuring a headline bout between featherweight legends Max Holloway and “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung. This marks the sixth trip to Singapore in the UFC’s 30-year history. The fights will be broadcasted on ESPN+.
With the event approaching, let’s examine the main storylines ahead of the fights.
1. An exciting matchup between Holloway and Jung
Not every fight needs to have title implications. This main event matchup is a fun pairing of two long-standing and highly regarded fighters who have never faced each other before. Max Holloway and “The Korean Zombie” are known for their entertaining fighting styles, and fans can expect a thrilling and violent battle. Despite Holloway being the 7-1 favorite, Jung’s retirement announcement adds to the significance of this matchup. For Holloway, it’s a chance to stay relevant and remain a mainstay of the division.
2. The intriguing clash between Erin Blanchfield and Taila Santos
This women’s flyweight bout is the most exciting fight on the card and could potentially determine the next title challenger. Erin Blanchfield has shown impressive dominance in her UFC career so far, but her opponents haven’t truly tested her abilities. Taila Santos brings a level of physical strength that Blanchfield hasn’t faced before. Santos came close to defeating Valentina Shevchenko, the reigning champion, and her grappling skills could pose a threat to Blanchfield. The close odds reflect the uncertainties surrounding this matchup, and only time in the cage will provide answers.
3. Giga Chikadze’s redemption opportunity
Giga Chikadze had a promising start in the UFC, but a loss to Calvin Kattar raised doubts about his potential. After a long layoff due to injuries, Chikadze returns to face Alex Caceres. Despite Caceres’ experience and recent success, Chikadze aims to showcase his lethal striking skills once again. This matchup has the potential to be an unexpected highlight of the card.