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UFC Fight Night: Rodriguez vs. Waterson: Park Jun-Yong vs. Tafon Nchukwi – Prediction and Analysis

Published 05/08/2021, 1:32 PM EDT

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At UFC Fight Night: Rodriguez vs. Waterson, Park Jun-Yong will step inside the octagon against Tafon Nchukwi in a middleweight clash. This middleweight clash between Park Jun-Yong and Tafon Nchukwi will be on the preliminary card of the event.

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Jun-Yong is coming off a unanimous decision victory over John Philips at UFC Fight Night: Brian Ortega vs. Chan Sung Jung. Before that, ‘The Iron Turtle’ defeated Marc-Andre Barriault by a unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night: Frankie Edgar vs. Chan Sung Jung and lost via submission against Anthony Hernandez at UFC Fight Night: Jessica Andrade vs. Zhang Weili. Overall, ‘The Iron Turtle’ has a UFC record of 2-1 (W-L).


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Nchukwi is stepping inside the octagon after a unanimous decision victory over Jamie Pickett at UFC Fight Night: Stephen Thompson vs. Geoff Neal. That makes his UFC record 1-0 (W-L) as he only had one fight in the UFC. Before that, ‘Da Don’ defeated Al Matavo via KO at Dana White’s Contender Series: Season 4, Week 6. That helped Nchukwi earn his UFC contract.

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Park Jun-Yong vs. Tafon Nchukwi Analysis

Park Jun-Yong has a spectacular professional MMA record of 12-4 (W-L). ‘The Iron Turtle’ has won eight out of his twelve victories via finishes (5 T/KOs and 3 submissions). Also, he has finished his opponents early as well as went to the distance throughout his professional MMA career.


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Tafon Nchukwi has a magnificent professional MMA record of 5-0 (W-L). ‘Da Don’ has won four out of his five victories via T/KO. It’s safe to say that Nchukwi can be considered a knockout artist. However, Jun-Yong has more experience as compared to Nchukwi in a professional MMA career.


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It’s clear by now that Nchukwi might rely on his strength to knockout Jun-Yong. And Jun-Yong will rely on his experience and will also be ready for a long-drawn battle if needed.


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Final Prediction: Park Jun-Yong via a unanimous decision.

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Arman Khan


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Arman Khan is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He began following combat sports when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor competed in 'The Money Fight' in 2017. 'The Notorious' attracted Arman to the UFC and he became an ardent fan of professional fighting as he could draw parallels with the action from his combat sports experience and break down techniques such as striking and striking defense lucidly for the casual fans.
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