The appetizer to UFC 254 takes place tonight with an excellent main event for UFC Fight Island 6 between Brian Ortega and The Korean Zombie, Chan Sung Jung. Cageside Press has its picks set.
|Ryan Fortune (121-61)|
|Jay Anderson (118-64)|
|Joe McDonagh (101-69)|
|Josh Evanoff (99-71)|
|Mike McClory (46-33)|
|Gabriel Gonzalez (102-80)|
|Justin Gibbons (74-60)|
|Dan Doherty (91-74)|
|Dylan Bowker (83-69)|
The main event of UFC Fight Island 6 will be a banger as Brian Ortega will throw down with Chan Sung Jung. Both men are coming off extended layoffs, as Ortega hasn’t fought since his brutal title fight against Max Holloway in 2018, and Jung has yet to fight in 2020 after a pair of fights last year. Jung is on a two-fight win streak while Ortega’s last fight was his first in the UFC. The Korean Zombie was unanimously picked.
The co-main event could determine the next title challenger at flyweight as Katlyn Chookagian faces Jessica Andrade. Andrade, a former champion at strawweight is moving up to flyweight for the first time for this fight. She is coming off a pair of losses against current champ Weili Zhang current top contender Rose Namajunas. Chookagian has won three of her last four with the lone loss coming against champion Valentina Shevchenko. All but one writer picked Andrade.
Modestas Bukauskas looks to build off a great promotional debut against Jimmy Crute. Crute is 3-1 in the Octagon with every fight ending with a finish. He’s coming off an impressive kimura against Michal Oleksiejczuk. Bukauskas, who’s a former Cage Warriors champion, dominated his debut opponent at UFC Fight Island 1 en route to a performance of the night bonus. All but one writer picked Crute.
Opening up the UFC Fight Island 6 main card is the return of Thomas Almeida against Jonathan Martinez. It’s been nearly three years since Almeida last fought as the former top prospect is coming off a stretch of three losses in four fights. Martinez’s entire five-fight UFC career has taken place within Almeida’s layoff, and he is 3-2 in that time. All but one writer picked Almeida.