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Ortega vs Korean Zombie: Fight Night Odds & Expert Picks

Featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski’s next opponent may be decided this weekend in the UFC Fight Island 6 main event between Brian Ortega and Korean Zombie. These two have a beef to settle after Ortega slapped Chan Sung Jung’s translator at an event in March.

For the Brian Ortega vs Korean Zombie odds, it is the South Korean who is favored, with the American coming in as the underdog.

Both Ortega and Korean Zombie are former title challengers and the winner of this will likely be the No. 1 contender. We have a full preview and the UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs Korean Zombie odds, with the event once again at Yas Island (Fight Island) on Saturday, October 17.

This is the first time we are seeing Ortega since his doctor-stoppage loss to Max Holloway in December 2018. That was the first pro loss for “T-City” and it put an end to his five-fight streak of finishing opponents.

Meanwhile, the Korean Zombie made short work of his two opponents in 2019, scoring first-round knockouts over Renato Moicano and Frankie Edgar. Since returning to the Octagon after completing his mandatory military service for three years, Zombie is 3-1 with three first-round knockouts.

Online sportsbook Bovada has released the UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs Korean Zombie odds and has listed Jung as the favorite at -200 with Ortega coming back at +160. That means you would have to wager $200 to profit $100 with a Zombie win, while a $100 bet on Ortega would profit you $160. You can find out all your potential winnings with our sports betting calculator.

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UFC Fight Island 6: Ortega vs Korean Zombie Odds

  • Featherweight – Brian Ortega (+160) vs Korean Zombie (-200)
  • Women’s Flyweight – Katlyn Chookagian (+135) vs Jessica Andrade (-165)
  • Light Heavyweight – Jimmy Crute (-310) vs Modestas Bukauskas (+240)
  • Welterweight – Claudio Silva (+115) vs James Krause (-145)
  • Featherweight – Thomas Almeida (-140) vs Jonathan Martinez (+110)
  • Prelims
  • Lightweight – Mateusz Gamrot (-310) vs Guram Kutateladze (+240)
  • Women’s Strawweight – Gillian Robertson (-210) vs Poliana Botehlo (+170)
  • Middleweight – Jun Yong Park (-280) vs John Phillips (+220)
  • Lightweight – Jamie Mullarkey (-140) vs Fares Ziam (+110)
  • Light Heavyweight – Gadzhumurad Antigulov (+265) vs Maxim Grishin (-350)
  • Bantamweight – Said Nurmagomedov (-400) vs Mark Striegl (+300)

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UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs Korean Zombie Broadcast Information

  • Date/Time: October 17, 4 p.m. ET
  • Location: Yas Island (Fight Island), Abu Dhabi
  • Arena: Flash Forum
  • Where to Watch: ESPN+

Brian Ortega vs The Korean Zombie Betting Odds

FighterOdds
Brian Ortega +160
Korean Zombie-200

As mentioned off the top, there is some bad blood between these two featherweight contenders that will be settled in the cage. Jay Park, an American rapper who is also the translator for the Korean Zombie (-200), did his job that included delivering some trash talk from Zombie to Ortega (+160). At UFC 248 in March, Ortega slapped Park in the crowd for the trash talk, a move that has angered Zombie.


Ortega: Need to Knows
  • Ortega has a 14-1 record with one no contest. His lone defeat was a TKO doctor stoppage against Max Holloway in December 2018.
  • Ten of his 14 wins have been finishes, three by knockout and seven by submission. T-City has been outstruck in six of his eight UFC fights and has landed just three takedowns over that span.
  • Ortega will be without head coach Rener Gracie for this fight after he tested positive for the coronavirus. T-City tries to be a counter-fighter, using his jab to draw out an attack from his opponents, but if they throw a flurry, he simply brings his hands up and stands in the pocket.
  • He has good kicks but his weapon is his submissions, usually from a defensive position – for example, his guillotine, if an opponent looks to take him down, or a triangle choke (which “T-City” stands for) off of his back.
  • Ortega’s last three fights were Cub Swanson (win – submission), Frankie Edgar (win – knockout) and Max Holloway (loss – knockout). 


Zombie: Need to Knows
  • Jung fought Jose Aldo for the belt in 2013 and suffered a fourth-round knockout. He then served his mandatory military work for South Korea before returning to the Octagon in 2017. Since returning, his only hiccup was a last-second knockout to Yair Rodriguez in a fight he was winning.
  • Of Zombie’s 16 pro wins, 14 have been finishes (six knockouts, eight submissions), including the first-ever twister in the UFC, which he secured on Leonard Garcia in his UFC debut.
  • He is mostly a counter-striker, often standing just outside of striking range with limited footwork or head movement, daring his foe to engage so that he can land a heavy strike and end the night.
  • Additionally, he doesn’t mind a fighter looking for a takedown as he has a good variety of submissions to his name. He is vulnerable to kicks with this lack of movement in his game, but he is willing to absorb if he can throw his hands.
  • Zombie’s last three fights were Yair Rodriguez (loss – knockout), Renato Moicano (win – knockout) and Frankie Edgar (win – knockout).

Prediction: Korean Zombie (-200) via knockout

Katlyn Chookagian vs Jessica Andrade Betting Odds

FighterOdds
Katlyn Chookagian+135
Jessica Andrade-165

The former women’s strawweight champion, Jessica “Bate Estaca” Andrade (-165) has left the division to go up to flyweight. Her debut in her new weight class comes against former flyweight title challenger Katlyn “Blonde Fighter” Chookagian (+135) in a fight that will definitely have title shot implications.


Chookagian: Need to Knows
  • Since dropping from bantamweight to flyweight, Chookagian has gone 5-2, with her losses coming to champion Valentina Shevchenko and in a split decision to Jessica Eye.
  • Blonde Fighter has been known as a striker for most of her career, though in her last fight vs Antonina Shevchenko, she secured three takedowns, the first in her 10-fight UFC career.
  • She constantly paws out her lead hand until she gets into striking range, then unloads a typical 1-2, finishing with a leg kick. When she backs up under pressure, at times her hands go out to the side of her head a little bit, leaving her open to straight punches. Chookagian will have a six-inch reach advantage in this fight.
  • Chookagian’s last three fights were Jennifer Maia (win – unanimous decision), Valentina Shevchenko (loss – knockout) and Antonina Shevchenko (win – unanimous decision).


Andrade: Need to Knows
  • After beating Rose Namajunas in May 2019, Andrade has dropped her last two fights, falling to current champ Zhang Weili and then losing a split decision in her rematch with Namajunas.
  • Bate Estaca has big power in her hands for her size, but it is her grappling that she typically relies upon to win fights. She averages 3.02 takedowns per 15 minutes, and it was a slam knockout that she used to beat Namajunas to win the belt.
  • She stands very square to her opponents and uses a lot of lateral movement to find angles to land strikes. She has to use her speed to close the distance and get on the inside, but nearly all of her punches are hooks, which reduces her reach even further, and she can be picked apart with straighter punches.
  • Andrade’s last three fights were Rose Namajunas (win – knockout), Zhang Weili (loss – knockout) and Rose Namajunas (loss – split decision).

Prediction: Katlyn Chookagian (+135) via decision

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Jimmy Crute vs Modestas Bukauskas Betting Odds

FighterOdds
Jimmy Crute-310
Modestas Bukauskas+240

Following a successful UFC debut in July, Modestas “The Baltic Gladiator” Bukauskas (+240) looks to extend his seven-fight winning streak this weekend. To do so, he’ll have to knock off the scrappy Jimmy “The Brute” Crute (-310), who is coming off a first-round submission in February after suffering his first pro loss last September.


Crute: Need to Knows
  • Crute has a well-balanced method of victory record with four knockouts, four submissions and three wins coming by decision. His lone pro loss came by submission.
  • The Brute has outstruck four of his five UFC opponents. Only in his most recent bout did he not have the striking advantage, but that’s because he landed two and Michal Oleksiejczuk landed three before Crute’s first-round submission win.
  • On the feet, Crute is patient in picking his shots, throwing long-range kicks, and is quick to throw hands when his counterparts enter his range. However, he averages 4.63 takedowns per 15 minutes and on the floor he’s constantly working toward a submission or ground and pound, although striking is his primary weapon.
  • Crute’s last three fights were Sam Alvey (win – knockout), Misha Cirkunov (loss – submission) and Michal Oleksiejczuk (win – submission).


Bukauskas: Need to Knows
  • Following back-to-back losses outside the UFC in 2016, The Baltic Gladiator has since rattled off seven straight wins, all finishes, with five coming in the first round.
  • He is very active on his feet with a lot of lateral movement and forwarding feints mixed in. Bukauskas throws long straight punches while also throwing kicks when his foes stay stationary.
  • Defensively, he tends to throw offense when he’s pressured but his hands drop in the pocket, leaving him very vulnerable to powerful counters.
  • Bukauskas’ last three fights were Marthin Hamlet (win – knockout), Riccardo Nosiglia (win – knockout) and Andreas Michailidis (win – knockout).

Prediction: Jimmy Crute (-310) via knockout

Claudio Silva vs James Krause Betting Odds

FighterOdds
Claudio Silva+115
James Krause-145

Claudio “Hannibal” Silva (+115) lays his lengthy 14-fight winning streak on the line as he also eyes his sixth win in the Octagon. He will look to continue his winning ways against fan favorite James “The James Krause” Krause (-145), who saw his six-fight winning streak snapped his last time out, though he’s given a pass as he took the fight on 24 hours’ notice.


Silva: Need to Knows
  • Silva’s career has been filled with injuries and time off. This will be just his fourth fight since 2014. However, that win in late 2014 was perhaps his biggest, knocking off Leon Edwards, the current No. 3-ranked welterweight.
  • Silva lost his pro debut via disqualification and has won 14 straight since. Among those 14 triumphs, 11 have been finishes, two by knockout and nine by submission.
  • He is an aggressive fighter, always moving forward and throwing strikes. He tends to throw kicks and a long jab, which he hangs on his opponent and typically lunges for a takedown from it. On the floor is where the game changes as he is excellent at searching for submissions with his high-level BJJ skills.
  • Silva’s last three fights were Nordine Taleb (win – submission), Danny Roberts (win – submission) and Cole Williams (win – submission).


Krause: Need to Knows
  • As mentioned, the last time we saw The James Krause, he lost for the first time in five years via split decision – in a fight he took on short notice in a weight class that wasn’t his. To make things worse, one of the judges trains with his opponent.
  • Of Krause’s 27 pro wins, 22 have been finishes, eight by knockout and 14 by submission. 
  • He uses plenty of kicks on the outside and switches stances fluidly, though his approach is to close the distance and work toward a submission. His conditioning is strong, which allows him to continue pushing the pace for the duration of the bout.
  • Krause’s last three fights were Warlley Alves (win – knockout), Sergio Moraes (win – knockout) and Trevin Giles (loss – split decision).

Prediction: James Krause (-145) via decision

Thomas Almeida vs Jonathan Martinez Betting Odds

FighterOdds
Thomas Almeida-140
Jonathan Martinez+110

Two bantamweights looking to find their footing in the UFC will look to build off the other’s loss. Thomas “Thominhas” Almeida (-140) got a big push off his 20-0 record but has stumbled in the top 10 of the division, dropping three of the last four. Meanwhile, Jonathan “Dragon” Martinez (+110) is 3-2 in the UFC after holding a 9-1 record before getting signed.


Almeida: Need to Knows
  • Of Almeida’s 21 pro wins, 17 have been by knockout, including four of his five fights in the UFC. However, two of his three pro losses have come in the same manner.
  • Thominhas has good kicks and really good footwork that allows him to get out of danger quickly without absorbing much damage. At times, he relies too much on countering and he will get in the pocket and freeze, while his opponent lands and retreats without absorbing damage.
  • Almeida’s last three fights were Albert Morales (win – knockout), Jimmie Rivera (loss – unanimous decision) and Rob Font (loss – knockout).


Martinez: Need to Knows
  • Another guy with dogs in his hands is Martinez, with seven of his 12 pro wins coming by knockout, including two of his three wins in the UFC.
  • Dragon is an aggressive fighter, sometimes overextending just to get the fight going with a long kick or flurry of punches. This has gotten him in trouble with quick counters but he has never been knocked out, so he doesn’t mind getting in a brawl.
  • Martinez’s last three fights were Pingyuan Lui (win – knockout), Andre Ewell (loss – split decision) and Frankie Saenz (win – knockout).

Prediction: Thomas Almeida (-140) via decision

UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs Korean Zombie Odds & Predictions

FighterOdds
Featherweight - Korean Zombie-200
Women’s Flyweight - Katlyn Chookagian+135
Light Heavyweight - Jimmy Crute-310
Welterweight - James Krause-145
Bantamweight - Thomas Almeida-140