2019 is all wrapped up for the UFC. This past weekend the promotion held their final event for the year in Busan, South Korea with Chan Sung Jung getting a huge win against Frankie Edgar in front of his home country.
Following the UFC Busan win, The Korean Zombie called for a title shot, but the question is will he get it? Also where does Edgar go from here? And how about Volkan Oezdemir who also got a big win over the weekend?
Let’s try to answer these questions on the final Matchmaker Monday of 2019.
Chan Sung Jung (The Korean Zombie), featherweight
Result: Defeated Frankie Edgar via first-round TKO
Up next: Zabit Magomedsharipov
The Korean Zombie wants another crack at the featherweight championship and he’s definitely a worthy contender. However, there’s a problem with a him getting the next title shot. Max Holloway is getting a rematch and he absolutely deserves it.
Magomedsharipov is in the same boat as Jung. So why not let them fight in an elimination fight?
Frankie Edgar, featherweight
Result: Lost to Chan Sung Jung by first-round TKO
Up next: Anyone at Bantamweight
I was really close to pulling the trigger and saying retirement is next, but I still want to see Edgar give 135 pounds a chance. He was originally going to make his bantamweight debut in early 2020, but he took this fight on short notice when Brian Ortega pulled out with an undisclosed injury.
Here’s the thing with Edgar though. He has to win. The clock is ticking on his historic career and ff he loses his next fight he’ll be on a three fight losing streak. That’s not good.
Volkan Oezdemir, light heavyweight
Result: Beat Aleksandar Rakic by split decision
Up next: Thiago Santos
There’s not really anyone else for Oezdemir to fight. He already lost to Anthony Smith and Dominick Reyes. Also top contenders Corey Anderson and Jan Blachowicz are fighting in February. Therefore by process of elimination, Santos is next.
Santos is hoping to return in a rematch against Jon Jones, but I doubt that’s going to happen. Oezdemir is starting to heat up again winning his last two fights. A win over Santos would put Oezdemir back in title contention.