In his eighth straight headlining appearance at UFC Vegas 29, “The Korean Zombie” solidified his status as a viable contender at featherweight. Several other fighters made statements, including Marlon Vera in his Fight of the Night-earning performance.
Chan Sung Jung, Marlon Vera, and Khaos Williams impressed mightily, despite not securing finishes. Meanwhile, Matt Brown, Virna Jandiroba, and Casey O’Neill each left zero doubt as they recorded highlight stoppages. UFC Vegas 29 turned out to be one of the most action-packed cards of 2021.
The Korean Zombie Is Top-3
After Chan Sung Jung reigned victorious in yet another main event slot, he took to the microphone in order to assert his status as a top-3 featherweight. Defeating Dan Ige puts the fan-favorite directly back into the title picture, likely leaving him one win away from competing for championship gold.
The lone top-5 featherweight currently without an opponent is Calvin Kattar, and a bout between him and TKZ jumps off the page as a FOTY candidate. At 34-years-old, TKZ displayed an ever-improving game as he stole the spotlight once again at UFC Vegas 29.
Vera Retains Ranking In Pivotal Rematch
“Chito” Vera disallowed his longtime foe, Davey Grant, from stealing his ranking by putting on a spectacular performance. The Ecuadorian’s advanced intensity was evident and it carried over into the fight, as he violently put an exclamation point on his victory. Credit Grant’s toughness, but Vera convincingly avenged his loss from five years prior.
Calling out Dominick Cruz was a smart choice and it actually makes a lot of sense. Whatever the case, there are several fresh faces ranked ahead of Vera for him to choose from, per se. Remarkably, he’s still only 28-years-old, and he wants nothing more than to attain the bantamweight championship.
Matt Brown Joins Rare Company
The 40-year-old legend tied none other than Derrick Lewis for most UFC knockouts (12) when he flatlined Dhiego Lima. Brown earned his third Performance of the Night bonus, but more importantly, he halted his two-fight losing streak. It’s unknown how many more times “The Immortal” will compete, but we should all cherish watching him every time he performs. Assuming he fights again, matching him up with Nick Diaz would absolutely electrify the hardcore fans.
Jandiroba and O’Neill Continue Success
Aside from decision defeats to Carla Esparza and Mackenzie Dern, Brazil’s Jandiroba has been a force within the women’s strawweight division. That trend continued at UFC Vegas 29 as she inflicted her grappling prowess upon Kanako Murata en route to a doctor’s stoppage. Expect her to face a top-10 opponent in her next outing.
“King” Casey O’Neill made it two straight finishes by submitting the very tough Lara Procopio in the third round. The 23-year-old is looking to make waves inside the talent-rich women’s flyweight division. She retained her zero as she proved to be one of the brightest young athletes in the promotion.
UFC Vegas 29 Results
- Chan Sung Jung def. Dan Ige via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46)
- Sergey Spivak def. Aleksei Oleinik via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Marlon Vera def. Davey Grant via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 30-26)
- Seung Woo Choi def. Julian Erosa via TKO (punches)
- Bruno Silva def. Wellington Turman via KO (punches)
- Matt Brown def. Dhiego Lima via KO (punch)
- Nicolae Negumereanu def. Aleksa Camur via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Virna Jandiroba def. Kanako Murata via TKO (arm injury)
- Khaos Williams def. Matthew Semelsberger via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Josh Parisian def. Roque Martinez via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
- Rick Glenn def. Joaquim Silva via KO (punches)
- Casey O’Neill def. Lara Procopio via technical submission (rear-naked choke)
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