UFC 163: Florian and Sonnen Break Down Aldo vs. Jung
By FCF Staff
Jose Aldo will look to extend his impressive run as WEC and UFC Featherweight Champion tonight in Rio de Janeiro, as the highly regarded fighter will take on Chan Sung Jung at UFC 163. Aldo (22-1) is a heavy favorite heading into the bout, however, “The Korean Zombie” (13-3) has won three straight fights and all in memorable fashion.
UFC commentators Chael Sonnen and Kenny Florian recently broke down tonight’s headliner on the most recent edition of “UFC Tonight.”
Here is some of what the two had to say (quotes via FOX Sports press release).
Sonnen on Aldo vs. The Korean Zombie: “The Korean Zombie has a reach advantage. He doesn’t mind going into enemy territory. If there’s anything we learned over the last weekend from your boy Rory MacDonald, with that reach, if you can control distance, you can get the upset.”
Florian on how The Korean Zombie can beat Aldo: “The Korean Zombie is a huge featherweight. He’s going to try to use the size advantage against Aldo. The key is to wrestle with him. You don’t want to strike with him. You have to watch out for those leg kicks. He has to nullify the leg kicks. He has to back Jose Aldo up. He loves to pressure and get in your face. He has great foot sweeps from the clinch. And in the transition on the mat, he’s as dangerous as anyone out there.”
Florian on Aldo strengths: “With Aldo, it’s all about the leg kicks. He’ll kick you extremely hard. He also has a 92-percent takedown defense, the best in the featherweight division. And he’s become a great counterstriker. He has eight knockouts, the most in featherweight history.”
Sonnen on The Korean Zombie’s strengths: “He became the number-one contender with his boxing. He has the reach and knows how to use it. He’s great at ground and pound. He has an 83-percent takedown accuracy. When he gets down on the ground, he’s dangerous.”
Florian picks Aldo over The Korean Zombie: “Aldo is too explosive and powerful.”
Sonnen picks Aldo over The Korean Zombie: “I think the experience is going to be an edge, and since Aldo is fighting in his home country, he’s going to have a big advantage.”