Houston got plenty of excitement on Saturdy night with the return of The Korean Zombie after being roughly three years away from the octagon. Here is my reaction to the main card fights that occured on the February 4th card in Houston, Texas.
This fight to me was the fight of the night with its nonstop action that kept the audience on the edge of their seats throughout the contest. Jessica Andrade pushed the pace of the fight by constantly pressuring Angela Hill with her fury of strikes. Hill showed that she can take a beating without going down as she was hit with many strikes in all three rounds without going down. Andrade’s offense might have lost its power from exhaustion which would explain why Hill was able to absorb all of her strikes. She was able to land two of her three takedowns during the fight which didn’t lead to anything other than points and added momentum. Hill stunned everyone when she dropped Andrade in the final round and could’ve had a comeback had fatigue not set in yet. In the end the knockdown was not even enough to win her that round as the judges all scored the contest 30-27 in Jessica Andrade’s favor.
At first glance this contest looked like an odd mismatch. Anthony Hamilton weighed 260 lbs. and stood at a height of 6’5″ which dwarfed his opponent Marcel Fortuna who weighed only 205 lbs. and had a height of 6’1″. Hamilton started off good with pressure but then got wild with his strikes. His strategy was to brawl Fortuna because he clearly had the power advantage and would have the upper hand if the two swung wildly at eachother. Although Hamilton did open a cut on Fortuna’s brow (due to an accidental headbutt) Fortuna was able to land his right an too often and the final one that hit the top of Hamilton’s skull was the one that would put his lights out in the first round. This shows that weight and height don’t mean a guarantee win in MMA.
This matchup looked exciting at first but became painfully dull due to Ovince Saint Preux (OSP) constant running and refusal to give much offense. This was a worry of mine after seeing OSP’s last two fights against Jon Jones and Jimi Manuwa which he lost due to little offense as well. History repeated itself as he lost to Volkan Oezdemir via split decision. OSP attempted four different takedowns which would have put him in his favorable environment had he land any of them. His best came at the end of the third round when he stunned Oezdemir with a furry of strikes but it was too late to get a finish. Oezdemir applied great pressure and strikes to win the split decision yet it could have been awarded to either men. I believed at first that OSP would win the decision for he won the second and third round because of his ability to land the more significant strikes against his opponent. They always say not to leave it in the hands of the judges and OSP will hopefully look for a finish in his next fight.
Texas native, James Vick, had his sights set on winning in his home state and achieved just that through determination. Vick was able to use his boxing to keep Abel Truijillo a good portion of the fight. There were times when Trujillo was able to close the distance and even get a takedown in the first round. Trujillo really struggled on both the feet and ground. He was getting hit with punches and kicks and got caught with multiple guillotine and d’arce choke attempts during takedown attempts. Finally, in the third round Vick hits Trujillo with a double flying knee to the face which hurt the fighter and leads him to shoot a takedown that Vick counters with yet another d’arce choke attempt which he is able to finish. It was suprising to see the boxer win via submission until you see that the blue belt in Brazillian jiu-jitsu has four previous submissions before this fight. Vick even added after the fight that his submission move was the same he would do on the EA Sports UFC 2 video game. He’s got a great attitude and a magnificent set of skills that will surely lead to more interesting performances.
A controversial fight that many people believe is only on the co-main event spot beacuse both fighters are attractive, especially Felice Herrig who has posed nude as a cover model, ended up being not as interesting as a lot of the fights on this card. The fight between Jessica Andrade and Angela Hill would have made a better co-main event fight than this one as it featured two well etablished fighters that were willing to put on a show. Unfortunately we were forced to watch these two battle it out. Alexa Grasso was the fan favorite in the contest but failed to yield much offense on a consistent basis. Herrig was able to land a pair of takeodwns that would help her win the unanimous decision. This gave Grasso her first lost which came as a shock to her. This may be because Grasso outsrtuck Herrig in both total and significant strikes. The final few seconds of the fight saw Grasso unleashing a fury of strikes that put Herrig in trouble but would prove futile. After the fight Herrig revealed that the day before the fight marked the 25th anniversary of her brother’s death. This motivated her to live a better life and do more in honor of her brother. I believe she silenced many of her critics that stated she was a model first and a fighter second.
Dennis “The Menace” Bermudez vs “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung
The main event was thrilling albeit short. Dennis Bermudez started off great by landing a perfect right on The Korean Zombie. This would hurt The Korean Zombie and lead to him scrambling to stay on his feet. Unfortunately for Bermudez, The Korean Zombie was able to get into his rhythym and go on to put Bermudez to sleep with a well timed uppercut. This would also give him a performance of the night bonus. The biggest concern for Jung was whether or not he was able to come from such a long layoff and beat a top ten contender in his return. Although it seems like he wasn’t able to at first with that scary right hand he ate, he would go on to prove that he is still a dangerous fighter and a top contender in the featherweight division.