MMA Preview – Da Un Jung vs Mike Rodriguez at UFC Fight Night 165

THE FACTS

When is UFC Fight Night 165? Saturday 21st December, 2019 - 08:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 165? Sajik Arena, Busan, South Korea

What channel is UFC Fight Night 165 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 165? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ which can you sign up to here!

Are tickets still available for UFC Fight Night 165? https://www.ufc.com/tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Two light heavyweight lumps search for another knockout as Da Un Jung welcomes the American Mike Rodriguez to South Korea.

After compiling 10 wins in a row with eight knockouts and a submission, Jung was awarded with a UFC contract and he passed his first test in the shape of Khadis Ibragimov with flying colours, handing the Russian his first career loss and doing so with a guillotine choke.

Rodriguez was awarded his UFC opportunity in similar fashion. After three knockouts in a row he met Jamelle Jones on Dana White’s Contender Series and ended him with a spectacular flying knee. Suffering mixed fortunes since, he lost his UFC debut to Devin Clark, finished Adam Milstead and lost another decision to John Allan Arte in his last outing.

THE PREDICTION

Both men are knockout artists but have never been knocked out themselves. This could easily turn into a slugfest and those chins will be tested. If Rodriguez can utilize his monster reach, he can keep Jung at a distance with his jab and win the exchanges with movement.

However, we have not seen enough of that and Jung has the durability to press forward and inflict more damage. If the fight ends up on the floor he will also be favoured to pile on more damage with dangerous ground-and-pound.

Winner: Jung via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.

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