The mixed martial arts world has its eyes set on this weekend as UFC Vegas 29 is scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 19. The event will take place once again from the Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. While there are a number of interesting fights on the card, the show will be headlined by a featherweight clash between No. 4 Chan Sung Jung and No. 8 Dan Ige. Considering how highly both men rank in their division, this fight could wind up having featherweight title implications.
BetOnline has released its UFC Vegas 29 betting markets, which includes odds on this bout. To find out who the sportsbook is favoring and who could be one step closer to a UFC Featherweight Championship opportunity, continue reading.
UFC Vegas 29 Odds: Chan Sung Jung (16-6-0) vs Dan Ige (15-3-0)
Odds via BetOnline as of Friday, June 18
- Moneyline: Chan Sung Jung (+106) vs Dan Ige (-126)
- Total: 4.5 Rounds — Over (-120), Under (-110)
- Method of victory: Ige by Points (+235)
Full odds list available at BetOnline.ag.
Ige Favored to Walk Out Victorious
At -126 odds, Ige is the slight favorite heading into his UFC Vegas 29 bout against Jung. The 29-year-old Hawaiian is currently riding a wave of momentum that’s seen him win seven out of his last eight fights. After losing by decision to Calvin Kattar in July 2020, Ige responded by knocking out Gavin Tucker in just 22 seconds this past March at UFC Vegas 21.
One thing that Ige has going for him is the fact that he can end a fight in various ways. Out of his 15 professional MMA victories, four have come via KO/TKO, five via submission and six have been by decision. When it comes to his fighting style, Ige loves to strike often. He’s averaging 3.95 significant strikes landed per minute on 46% accuracy. Even though he’s not known for his takedowns, he’s also averaging 1.68 of those per minute. Considering how Jung is known to withstand a lot of punishment, Ige might have to figure out how to strike harder and more often than usual at UFC Vegas 29.
UFC Vegas 29: Can Jung Pull Off The Upset?
After losing two of his last four fights, Jung will enter his fight against Ige at UFC Vegas as the +106 underdog. “The Korean Zombie” last fought in October 2020 where he lost to Brian Ortega by unanimous decision. However, even if he has lost a bit more than Ige as of lately, Jung does have some things going for him. For example, he’s received three Performance of the Night awards in his last five fights. He also challenged José Aldo at UFC 163 for the featherweight title back in 2013, showing that he has been close to the top before. That may have been nearly eight years ago, but it shows that Jung has the experience that could help him this weekend.
As mentioned earlier, one of the keys to winning this fight is the fact that Jung can take a beating. He’s nicknamed “The Korean Zombie” for a reason and he’s earned it by absorbing 4.01 significant strikes per minute with a 56% strike defense. Jung also has a 75% takedown defense rating, meaning he’ll be trying to keep the fight going on both competitor’s feet. At the end of the day, even though he’s the underdog, Jung has a good shot at winning at UFC Vegas 29 as long as he weathers Ige’s strike storm.