It was an elbow that slept "The Korean Zombie" … and it just came in time. Yair Rodriguez defied the…
It was an elbow that slept “The Korean Zombie” … and it just came in time.
Yair Rodriguez defied the odds of the UFC Fight Night 139 by striking Chan Sung Jung for one second left in the match as he joined a short right elbow that sent “The Korean Zombie” crashing his face first to the table early Sunday morning.
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The fifth and last round began with Jung and Rodriguez bloody, beaten and injured. Still, they continued to stand in the middle of the octagon and trade heavy punches and kicks. At a unique moment, Rodriguez and Jung moved gloves with 10 seconds left as a pleasure of respect for each other for the war they had for almost five consecutive years. But just when it looked as though the bolt was determined on the scorecards of the judges, a formality was Rodriguez ducked under Jung’s left hand and got him with a devastating elbow from one of the most unique angles you will ever see. It shines out to Jung before he even hit the tablecloth. How Rodriguez could generate that kind of power with a short elbow was not so spectacular.
If the match had gone to the scorecards, Jung probably had Kantat Rodriguez out. It’s great to believe that Rodriguez could produce this kind of goal after not fighting since May 2017.
Donald Cerrone defeated Mike Perry by handing in (armbar) at 4:46 of the first round during the interplay. With the win, Cerrone broke the UFC record for most victories, with 21, passing George St-Pierre and Michael Bisping. He also broke the record for most finishes, with 15, to outstrip Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort.
Perry came straight out and swung a heavy upper hand just missed a mile. After three matches, Perry made his own. A while later, Cerrone caught Perry in a triangle choke, but Perry lifted Cerrone into the air. Cerrone stopped calmly and angry Perry turned over to an arm bar. The realization Cerrone had been deeply cinched, Perry quickly lost.
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