The year is just about over for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, but not before one final show this weekend.
UFC on ESPN+ 23 will see the MMA promotion in Busan, South Korea, but in order to watch this Saturday morning’s event live, you’ll need to sacrifice some shut eye on Friday night—or you could pull an all-nighter to watch.
The undercard action begins very early Saturday morning at 2 a.m. EST, 11 p.m. PST on ESPN—with the main card immediately following at 5 a.m. EST, 2 a.m. PST on ESPN+.
In total, the year-end event for the UFC features a full 13-fight slate, highlighted by a Featherweight main event.
“The Korean Zombie”, No. 7 contender Chan Sung-Jung (15-5) will square off against No. 5 contender Frankie Edgar (23-7-1).
As with all UFC main events, this contest will be a maximum of five rounds at five minutes per round.
Heading into Saturday morning’s main event, Chan Sung Jung is the taller contestant at 5-foot-7, one inch taller than Frankie Edgar’s 5-foot-6 frame.
Jung has posted a 3-2 record in his last five UFC appearances, winning last time out against Renato Moicano (first-round knockout in UFC on ESPN+ 12’s main event on June 22 in Greenville, SC.
In the other corner, Frankie Edgar has also gone 3-2 in his last five UFC fights, losing in his most recent appearance by unanimous decision against Max Holloway in UFC 240’s main event on July 27 on pay-per-view.
The Tale of the Tape:
UFC.com shows that Chan Sung Jung holds a four-inch reach advantage (72 inches to 68 inches) and a 1 ½-inch leg reach advantage (38.5 inches to 37 inches even) over Frankie Edgar in this main event.
Prediction: Chan Sung Jung by third-round knockout.
Other fights on Saturday morning’s main card include:
No, 8 contender Volkan Oezdemir (15-4) vs. No. 10 contender Aleksander Rakic (12-1) [Light Heavyweight, co-main event]
Doo Ho Choi (14-2) vs. Charles Jourdain (9-2) [Featherweight]
Da Un Jung (11-2) vs. Mike Rodriguez (10-3) [Light Heavyweight]
Jun Yong Park (10-3) vs. Marc-Andre Barriault (11-2) [Middleweight]
Kyung Ho Kang (15-8, one no-contest) vs. Liu Pingyuan (13-5) [Bantamweight]
UFC on ESPN+ 23 at a Glance: (all times Saturday)
Prelims: 2 a.m. EST, 11 p.m. PST, ESPN
Main Card: 5 a.m. EST, 2 a.m. PST, ESPN+
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