Legendary MMA fighter Frankie Edgar travels to South Korea this weekend to battle hometown hero Chang Sung Jung. Nicknamed the Korean Zombie, Jung is a big favorite to hand Edgar a loss. Will the Korean Zombie show up at the Sajik Arena? Or, will Edgar pull off the upset? Check out analysis and picks for that fight as well as 5 other bouts on the UFC Fight Night 165 main card!
UFC Fight Night 165 Odds, Preview & Predictions
- When: Saturday, Dec. 21 at 2:00 am PDT
- Where: Sajik Arena, Dongnae-gu, South Korea
- TV: ESPN+
- Live Stream: UFC Fight Pass
Kyung Ho Kang vs Liu Pingyuan
- UFC Fight Night 165 Odds: Kyung Ho Kang -260 / Liu Pingyuan +200
Starting off the main card is a bout between South Korean Kyung Ho Kang and Chinese fighter Liu Pingyuan. Ho Kang is 15-8-0. Pingyuan brings a 13-5 record to the match. Ho Kang has a massive physical advantage. His reach is 73-inches to Pingyuan’s 70-inches. Expect Ho Kang to reward his backers like the favorite he is.
UFC Betting Pick: Kyung Ho Kang
Jun Yong Park vs Marc-Andre Barriault
- UFC Fight Night 165 Odds: Jun Yong Park -105 / Marc-Andre Barriault -125
Those in attendance will get behind Jun Yong Park. It won’t be enough for Park to get past Marc-Andre Barriault’s length. Barriault is 6’ 1” to Park’s 5’ 10”. He’s got a couple of inches in reach over Park. Barriault should use his height and reach to his advantage.
UFC Betting Pick: Marc-Andre Barriault
Da Un Jung vs Mike Rodriguez
- UFC Fight Night 165 Odds: Da Un Jung -110 / Mike Rodriguez -120
Rodriguez has the UFC experience. He lands 4.17 significant strikes per minute. Da Un Jung could surprise him, though. Un Jung is 11-2. 82% of his wins have come via KO or TKO. Although Rodriguez has physical advantages in this bout, Un Jung is worth backing. Go with the slight dog in the most competitive fight of the night.
UFC Betting Pick: Da Un Jung
Doo Ho Choo vs Charles Jourdain
- UFC Fight Night 165 Odds: Doo Ho Choo -275 / Charles Jourdain +215
Doo Ho Choo has a sweet 14-2 record. His stand-up skills are excellent. Ho Choo lands 5.64 strikes per minute. 53% of his strikes are significant. Choo should handle Charles Jourdain in front of his country folk on Saturday.
UFC Betting Pick: Doo Ho Choo
Volkan Oezdemir vs Aleksandar Rakic
- UFC Fight Night 165 Odds: Volkan Oezdemir +115 / Aleksandar Rakic -145
Rakic should dominate Oezdemir. Aleksandar is 12-1. He has a 3-inch reach advantage and a 5.5-inch leg reach advantage over his opponent. Oezdimir gives up 4 inches in height to Rakic. Not only does Rakic have the physical advantages, but he also has a more well-rounded game. He’s effective both standing up and on the ground. Rakic produces 1.29 takedowns every 15 minutes. Go with the chalk.
UFC Betting Pick: Aleksandar Rakic
Frankie Edgar vs Chan Sung Jung
- UFC Fight Night 165 Odds: Frankie Edgar +155 / Chan Sung Jung -185
The Korean Zombie has a 4-inch reach advantage over the great Frankie Edgar. Sun Jung knows how to use his reach. But Frankie has fought longer guys his entire career. Edgar won’t back down in this. The key could be what happens once the fight goes to the ground.
Frankie has great grappling skills. Also, as his career has developed, he’s turned into a more defensive fighter. He will bide his time in this. Sung Jung, hoping to impress the hometown crowd, might put himself into a bad position. Edgar is worth backing at the odds. Frankie pulls off the upset win.
UFC Betting Pick: Frankie Edgar