Mixed martial arts fans are going to be very busy over the next six Saturday nights. This weekend marks the first of six straight UFC events through ESPN+, ESPN, and ESPN+ pay-per-view. It all begins this Saturday with UFC on ESPN+ 12 from Greenville, SC and the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.
Undercard action airs live on ESPN2 and in Spanish on ESPN Deportes at 4 p.m. EDT, 1 p.m. PDT, followed by the main card at 7 p.m. EDT, 4 p.m. PDT on ESPN+ in both English and Spanish feeds.
Highlighting this week’s card is a five-round non-title showdown in the UFC Featherweight division. In the main event of the evening, No. 5 contender Renato Moicano (13-2-1) battles No. 12 contender “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung (14-5). Both fighters are coming off losses in their last fights.
Heading into Saturday’s main event, Renato Moicano is the taller contestant. He stands 5-foot-11, four inches taller than Chan Sung Jung at 5-foot-7.
Moicano has posted a 3-2 record during his last five UFC appearances. Most recently, he lost to Jose Aldo by second-round knockout, 46 seconds into the round during the Feb. 2 UFC on ESPN+ 2 co-main event in Fortaleza, Brazil.
In the other corner, Chan Sung Jung has likewise posted a 3-2 record in his last five fights. He looks to avenge his loss last time out during UFC Fight Night Denver on Nov. 10 on FS1.
That night, in the main event, Jung, who was headed for a likely victory by decision, lost by knockout in the final seconds against Yair Rodriguez on a night where the UFC’s 25th anniversary was commemorated.
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UFC.com shows that the reach is level between the two fighters (72 inches apiece), with Renato Moicano owning a four-inch leg reach advantage (42.5 inches to 38.5 inches) heading into the fight.
Prediction: Chan Sung Jung by decision.
Other fights on Saturday night’s main card include
Bryan Barberena (14-3) vs. Randy Brown (10-3) [Welterweight, co-main event]
Andre Ewell (13-5) vs. Anderson dos Santos (20-7) [Bantamweight]
No. 10 contender Andrea Lee (10-2) vs. No. 12 contender Montana de la Rosa (10-4) [Women’s Flyweight]
Kevin Holland (15-4) vs. Alessio di Chirico (12-2) [Middleweight]
The scheduled Bantamweight co-main event between No. 10 contender John Lineker (18-2) and No. 12 contender Rob Font (16-4) was postponed after Lineker sustained a cut above his left eyebrow late Thursday, as per published reports.
UFC on ESPN+ 12 at a Glance
Prelims: Saturday, 4 p.m. EDT, 1 p.m. PDT, ESPN2 (English) and ESPN Deportes (Spanish)
Main Card: Saturday, 7 p.m. EDT, 4 p.m. PDT, ESPN+
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