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The UFC debuts in South Carolina on Saturday night when it hosts UFC on ESPN+ 12 in Greenville.
We’re not going to pretend like this is the deepest card in UFC history, as it’s essentially just another weekend card on a day that also features a marquee Bellator event in London and a Bare Knuckle FC pay-per-view.
But that’s not to say there’s no intrigue heading into UFC Greenville, which is headlined by one of the more popular all-action fighters of recent years in “The Korean Zombie,” Chan Sung Jung, who meets Renato Moicano in a featherweight matchup. And there are several other fights with noteworthy names, from Bryan Barberena to Montana De La Rosa to Kevin Holland.
UFC on ESPN+ 12 takes place at Bon Secours Wellness Arena and streams on ESPN+. Here are five burning questions heading into the card:
How much does ‘The Korean Zombie’ have left to give?
The show-stealing WEC 48 brawl with Leonard Garcia. The first and only twister submission in UFC history in their rematch a year later. The seven-second knockout of Mark Hominick. The 2012 “Fight of the Year”-caliber victory over Dustin Poirier. The 24-minute, 59-second thriller with Yair Rodridguez at altitude last year at UFC Denver.
Jung (14-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has a well earned reputation as one of MMA’s most exciting competitors. But somewhere along the way, fighters like “TKZ” have a fight in which you can pinpoint a “before” and “after.” Was Jung’s last-second knockout loss to Rodriguez that moment, or does he still have plenty to give?
We should get an idea going up against Moicano (13-2-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC), who will be determined to rectify matters coming off a loss to Jose Aldo in his most high-profile fight at UFC Fotraleza. Wins over the likes of Cub Swanson and Jeremy Stephens prove Moicano can handle himself against high volume strikers, so he presents as clear a test as Jung can find.
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