UFC fans might be in betting withdrawal right now because there was no card last weekend – it’s rare that will happen this year thanks to the organization’s new multi-billion-dollar deal with ESPN. The network wants live UFC programming every weekend.
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The UFC has staged some events in some of the most exotic locations in the world over the years, but that’s not exactly the case for this Saturday’s Fight Night card as the UFC visits South Carolina for the first time ever. The card in Greenville is headlined by a bout between featherweight contenders Renato Moicano and Chan Sung Jung from Bon Secours Wellness Arena.
Max Holloway is the current featherweight champion and the 30-year-old Brazilian Moicano (13-2-1), who is also known as Renato Carneiro, is the -200 favorite. He had a two-fight winning streak snapped in February when he lost to former long-time featherweight champion and legend Jose Aldo by second-round TKO. That fight essentially went off as a pick’em.
Moicano hasn’t been an underdog since he was +140 against Jeremy Stephens in April 2017. He won that by split decision. Interestingly, Moicano has never won a fight by KO or TKO himself.
Jung (14-5), a 32-year-old from South Korea, is best known as “the Korean Zombie” and is ranked 12th in the division. He also fought Aldo, but it was way back in 2013 when Aldo was in his prime and Aldo won by fourth-round TKO.
After that, Jung (+160 for this fight) missed four years in the Octagon due to injury and mandatory Korean military duty. He has fought twice since, beating Dennis Bermudez in February 2017 by first-round knockout (punch) and then losing to Yair Rodriguez last November with literally one second remaining in the fight. Rodriguez caught Jung with an upward elbow.
At bantamweight, John Lineker is a -190 favorite over Rob Font (+155) in a rematch. Lineker (31-9), from Brazil, is ranked 10th in the division that is topped by Henry Cejudo. Lineker comes off an April split-decision loss to Cory Sandhagen and is an injury replacement Saturday for Cody Stamann. The American Font (16-4) is ranked 12th and beat Sergio Pettis by unanimous decision last December in his most recent fight.
In May 2016, Lineker was a -185 favorite when he beat Font by unanimous decision at UFC 198. Three of Font’s four losses are by decision.