“The Korean Zombie” has risen yet again.
Shaking off a three-plus year hiatus, Chan Sung Jung stepped right back into the featherweight mix with a first-round knockout of Dennis Bermudez in the UFC Fight Night 104 headliner in Houston on Saturday. After getting wobbled in an early exchange, Jung slipped a Bermudez jab and then floored his foe with a perfectly-placed uppercut. A few follow-up blows on the ground sealed the victory 2:29 into the opening frame, signaling that Jung is still a force to be reckoned with at 145 pounds.
Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC Fight Night 104 “Korean Zombie vs. Bermudez,” with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
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1,281: Days since Jung’s last Octagon appearance, a fourth-round technical knockout loss to Jose Aldo in a featherweight title bout at UFC 163 on Aug. 3, 2013. “The Korean Zombie” took a lengthy hiatus in order to fulfill his mandatory two-year military service in South Korea.
37: Combined significant strikes landed by Jung (17) and Bermudez (20) in their abbreviated encounter.
16: Significant head strikes, of the 1y landed overall, by Jung. Bermudez, meanwhile, landed 11 significant strikes to the head, six to the body and three to the legs.
0: Takedowns landed in three attempts by Bermudez. “The Menace” had landed a combined nine takedowns in his last two Octagon appearances, decision victories over Rony Mariano Bezerra and Tatsuya Kawajiri.
20: Significant strikes by which Alexa Grasso outlanded Felice Herrig in their strawweight clash. The Mexican prospect outlanded her opponent 16 to 14 in round one, 34 to 24 in round two and 30 to 22 in round three. Still, it was Herrig who emerged with a unanimous decision triumph.
14: Unofficial media scorecards, of the 16 tracked by MMADecisions.com, that scored the light heavyweight bout between Ovince St. Preux and Volkan Oezdemir in favor of St. Preux. However, judges JJ Ferraro and Joe Soliz saw it differently, giving Oezdemir a split-decision triumph.
103: Total strikes landed by Oezdemir. By comparison, St. Preux landed 79.
1: Career KO/TKO victory in 10 professional bouts for Marcel Fortuna after his victory over Anthony Hamilton in a short-notice heavyweight scrap. Fortuna, a natural light heavyweight, knocked out his opponent 3:10 into the first frame of their featured clash. Fortuna previously owned five submission and three decision triumphs prior to Saturday night.
131: Significant strikes landed by strawweight contender Jessica Andrade in her three-round verdict over former Invicta FC titlist Angela Hill. That’s the second-most ever landed in the Octagon by “Bate Estaca,” whose best of 206 significant strikes came against Rosi Sexton in a bantamweight tilt at UFC Fight Night Night 30. Hill, meanwhile, landed 89 significant strikes.
41: Significant body strikes landed by Andrade. Hill landed 24.
531: Combined significant strikes thrown by Andrade (322) and Hill (209) in the high-output strawweight bout. Andrade landed 40 percent of her strikes, while Hill connected at a 42 percent clip.
8: Takedowns landed in 10 attempts by Curtis Blaydes against Adam Milstead in just less then six minutes of cage time. “Razor” won the heavyweight fight via TKO 59 seconds into round two when Milstead suffered a knee injury.
69: Total strikes by which Blaydes outlanded (72 to 3) Milstead in the one-sided contest.
4: Submissions in UFC competition for Chas Skelly following his rear-naked choke finish of Chris Greutzmacher in a preliminary matchup. That figure puts Skelly fourth in UFC/WEC featherweight history behind only Charles Oliveira (six) and Urijah Faber (five).
5: Overall finishes in UFC competition for Skelly, tying him with Chad Mendes, Ricardo Lamas and Dustin Poirier for fourth all-time among featherweights in the promotion. Only Max Holloway (seven), Conor McGregor (six) and Oliveira (six) have more finishes in the Octagon.
44: Significant strikes by which Tecia Torres outlanded Bec Rawlings in their strawweight bout. “The Tiny Tornado” outlanded her opponent 36 to 19 in round one, 7 to 1 in round two and 38 to 17 in round three en route to winning a unanimous decision. Torres also held a 112-to-41advantage in total strikes landed.
19: Finishes to occur in UFC competition at the 5:00 mark of round two after Niko Price accomplished the feat in a knockout victory over Alex Morono in a preliminary welterweight affair. Price finished Morono with a counter right hook just as the second round horn sounded.