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UFC Fight Night 165: Edgar vs Korean Zombie Odds and Picks

UFC Fight Night South Korea: Odds and Picks

For just the second time in company history, the UFC is headed to South Korea as the Octagon will be set up at the Sajik Arena in Busan, South Korea for UFC Fight Night 165. Headlining the card are former featherweight title challengers Frankie “The Answer” Edgar and “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung. The most recent challenger, Edgar, is a +140 underdog with the Korean Zombie coming back at -170.

UFC Fight Night 165: Ortega vs Korean Zombie
  • Date/Time: December 21, 3 a.m. ET
  • Location: Busan, South Korea
  • Arena: Sajik Arena
  • Where to Watch: ESPN, ESPN+

Frankie Edgar vs Korean Zombie

The main event for this card was supposed to be Brian Ortega vs the Korean Zombie but Ortega suffered a knee injury in training and had to pull out of the fight, with Frankie Edgar (+140) stepping up on short notice.

Edgar was set to make his bantamweight debut in January but will remain at featherweight for at least this bout. The last time we saw The Answer, he lost a five-round decision in a title fight with Max Holloway in July. Jung (-170) is 2-1 since returning to the Octagon after his mandatory military service that took him out of action for four years. He would be 3-0 if not for a last-second elbow knockout loss to Yair Rodriguez last November.

The former lightweight champion, Edgar, is a crafty vet who is great in all areas of the fight game. He’s very quick, which allows him to get on the inside, land punches and get out without taking any damage. That said, his strength is his grappling as when he gets on top, he has a relentless ground and pound. However, getting the Korean Zombie to the floor could be difficult as he has been taken down in only one of his seven UFC fights (five times by Jose Aldo in his title fight in 2013), and he defends 75 percent of takedown attempts. Jung likes to keep the fight standing with crisp, accurate and powerful strikes.

Prediction: Korean Zombie (-170) via decision

Frankie Edgar vs Korean Zombie Betting Odds
FighterOdds
Frankie Edgar+140
Korean Zombie -170

Odds as of December 19 at Bovada

Volkan Oezdemir vs Aleksandar Rakic

Oezdemir (+115), the former light heavyweight title challenger, is eyeing his first winning streak since 2017 when he burst into the UFC with three straight victories, including two in less than a minute. “No Time” earned a title bout with Daniel Cormier that resulted in the first of three consecutive losses but is coming off a second-round win over Ilir Latifi in August. Meanwhile, Rakic (-145) is searching for his 13th straight win. He hasn’t tasted defeat since losing his pro debut, a stretch that includes four wins in the Octagon, the last two by first-round knockout.

The Switzerland native, Oezdemir, is a bully in the Octagon, backing his opponents up with his powerful hands as he searches for the knockout. He does his best work in close range and even though his shots don’t look overly powerful at times, the evidence is on his opponents’ faces. No Time does a great job countering as well, setting traps and letting his hands fly. Rakic is very lanky and he uses his long limbs effectively to keep his opponents away from him, specifically with his kicks that have tremendous power behind them. He doesn’t always keep his hands high defensively, which is dangerous vs a power puncher in Oezdemir.

Prediction: Volkan Oezdemir (+115) via knockout

Volkan Oezdemir vs Aleksandar Rakic Betting Odds
FighterOdds
Volkan Oezdemir+115
Aleksandar Rakic-145

Odds as of December 19 at Bovada

Dooho Choi vs Charles Jourdain

For the first time in his professional career, Choi (-300) is entering a fight on a losing streak, falling first to Cub Swanson and then suffering a second-round knockout loss to Jeremy Stephens in January 2018. Looking to avoid the first losing streak of his career is Charles Jourdain (+230), who is coming off a loss by unanimous decision in his UFC debut against Desmond Green. “Air” had been on a four-fight winning streak before entering the UFC, with each of those being finishes, including a submission of Alex Morgan to win the TKO featherweight belt.

The Korean Superboy looks very confident and calm in the pocket and his strikes are lightning-fast with legitimate power. Defensively, he tends to rely on his footwork to get out of harm’s way, not using a ton of head movement, so when fighters pressure him, he can sometimes get in danger, which was evident in the Cub Swanson and Jeremy Stephens fights. The Canadian, Jourdain, is constantly moving forward, throwing plenty of combinations and mixing up punches with kicks. That said, he was outstruck 78-55 in his UFC debut and has a tendency to leave his strikes long, which leads to him being countered.

Prediction: Dooho Choi (-300) via knockout

Dooho Choi vs Charles Jourdain Betting Odds
FighterOdds
Dooho Choi-300
Charles Jourdain+230

Odds as of December 19 at Bovada

Da Un Jung vs Mike Rodriguez

Making his second walk to the Octagon and looking for his 12th straight win is Jung (-105). The South Korea native made his UFC debut in August, scoring a third-round submission win over Khadis Ibragimov. Conversely, Rodriguez (-125) lost his UFC debut to Devin Clark and is just 1-2 in the Octagon after earning a contract with his flying knee knockout over Jamelle Jones in Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series in 2017.

Jung stands very flat-footed, but takes the center of the Octagon looking for opportunities to counter his opponents. His chin was on full display in his victory over Ibragimov in August as he absorbed 88 strikes, including a flurry of power punches early in the bout. He does a good job pawing out his jab but has very poor head movement, so when his foes engage with him, he typically absorbs damage. Rodriguez is more aggressive, getting in the face of his opponents and letting his hands fly. He has beautiful straight punches that have some steam on them and his kicks open up more opportunities for his punches.

Prediction: Mike Rodriguez (-125) via decision

Da Un Jung vs Mike Rodriguez Betting Odds
FighterOdds
Da Un Jung-105
Mike Rodriguez-125

Odds as of December 19 at Bovada

Jun Yong Park vs Marc-Andre Barriault

Park (+105) had his seven-fight winning streak snapped in his UFC debut in August when he suffered a second-round submission loss to Anthony Hernandez. That was his first defeat since 2016, and six of the seven fights during the streak were finishes. Similarly, Barriault (-135) had his eight-fight winning streak come to an end in his UFC debut, falling by unanimous decision to Andrew Sanchez, followed by a split-decision loss to Krzysztof Jotko in July.

Park does a good job maintaining distance by constantly touching his opponents with his jab. He outstruck Anthony Hernandez 81-59 but was dragged to the floor six times and ultimately submitted in the second round. His punches weren’t that fast and he left them long, which led to counters. Barriault storms his counterparts, throwing powerful strikes with bad intentions. He’s very light on his feet, ducking out of danger when he’s engaging with his foes, and his punches have great accuracy.

Prediction: Marc-Andre Barriault (-135) via decision

Jun Yong Park vs Marc-Andre Barriault Betting Odds
FighterOdds
Jun Yong Park+105
Marc-Andre Barriault-135

Odds as of December 19 at Bovada

Kyung Ho Kang vs Pingyuan Liu

Making his ninth walk to the Octagon and seeking his second three-fight winning streak there is Kang (-265). “Mr. Perfect” had his three-fight winning streak snapped in August 2018 with a split-decision defeat to Ricardo Ramos, but he rebounded with back-to-back wins in 2019. Meanwhile, Liu (+205) suffered a third-round knockout loss to Jonathan Martinez in July, his first defeat since he was submitted in 2013, a span of nine fights. He won his first two fights in the UFC, one by unanimous decision and the other by split decision.

Mr. Perfect doesn’t use his jab often to set up his strikes, rather lunging with a straight right that leaves him off balance at times. That said, when he closes the distance with those punches, he is dangerous in the clinch and on the floor, where he likes fights to go, averaging 2.46 takedowns per 15 minutes. Meanwhile, Liu is very active on his feet bouncing around the outside looking for opportunities to throw his strikes. But his knowledge of range is rather poor, with most of his strikes coming up short and leaving him vulnerable to getting countered. This is evident in his stats as he lands only 31 percent of his strike attempts and absorbs nearly one more significant strike per minute than he lands.

Prediction: Kyung Ho Kang (-265) via decision

Kyung Ho Kang vs Pingyuan Liu Betting Odds
FighterOdds
Kyung Ho Kang-265
Pingyuan Liu+205

Odds as of December 19 at Bovada

Here’s a look at the rest of the odds for UFC Fight Night 165: Edgar vs Korean Zombie:

Raoni Barcelos vs Said Nurmagomedov Betting Odds
FighterOdds
Raoni Barcelos-120
Said Nurmagomedov-110

Odds as of December 19 at Bovada

Cyril Gane vs Tanner Boser Betting Odds
FighterOdds
Cyril Gane-650
Tanner Boser+425

Odds as of December 19 at Bovada

Seungwoo Choi vs Suman Mokhtarian Betting Odds
FighterOdds
Seungwoo Choi-305
Suman Mokhtarian+235

Odds as of December 19 at Bovada

Dong Hyun Ma vs Omar Antonio Morales Ferrer Betting Odds
FighterOdds
Dong Hyun Ma+170
Omar Antonio Morales Ferrer-210

Odds as of December 19 at Bovada

Alexandre Pantoja vs Matt Schnell Betting Odds
FighterOdds
Alexandre Pantoja-210
Matt Schnell+170

Odds as of December 19 at Bovada

Miranda Granger vs Amanda Lemos Betting Odds
FighterOdds
Miranda Granger-190
Amanda Lemos+155

Odds as of December 19 at Bovada

Heili Alateng vs Ryan Benoit Betting Odds
FighterOdds
Heili Alateng-105
Ryan Benoit-125

Odds as of December 19 at Bovada