UFC president Dana White already has confirmed what many MMA observers anticipated: The winner of Saturday's UFC Fight Night main event between Brian Ortega and Chan Sung Jung will get the next featherweight title shot against champion Alexander Volkanovski. This incentive adds to the intrigue of UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Jung. The main UFC Fight Night card is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. The second-ranked Ortega is a former title challenger who can secure another opportunity for the belt with a win, while the fourth-ranked Jung, also known as The Korean Zombie, can earn his first UFC title shot.
Jung is a -170 favorite (risk $170 to win $100), while Ortega is a +150 underdog in the latest Ortega vs. Jung odds at William Hill. In the co-main event, Ciryl Gane (-600) faces Ante Delija (+450) in a matchup of heavyweight prospects. Before finalizing any UFC Fight Night picks of your own, make sure you see what SportsLine MMA analyst Kyle Marley has to say.
Marley won the first-ever "ToutMaster" UFC betting contest sponsored by MMAOddsBreaker and appears regularly on multiple MMA betting and daily Fantasy shows. He watches every single fight for every single UFC card and does extensive research before each event.
Over the past 20 months, $100 bettors who have followed Marley's picks are up more than $20,000. The accomplished MMA analyst has been on a rock-solid run in 2020 as he has connected on 22 of his last 27 main-event selections, a stretch that includes a streak of five straight underdogs.
At UFC Fight Night last week, Marley accurately predicted a dominant performance for Cory Sandhagen (-145) against Marlon Moraes (+125) in the bantamweight main event. Sandhagen took control from the opening bell and ended the fight with a second-round technical knockout. Anyone who has consistently followed Marley is way up.
Now, with UFC Fight Night: Sandhagen vs. Moraes fast approaching, Marley has carefully studied every matchup on the card, identified the best value in the UFC odds and released his MMA picks for every fight. Those selections are only available here.
Ortega vs. Jung preview
The 29-year-old Ortega made headlines as a spectator at UFC 248 at Las Vegas in March when he approached and slapped Jay Park, Jung's translator and public-relations specialist. Ortega was apparently upset with something Park had translated in a recent interview.
Although the incident was reported to authorities, Park eventually declined to file charges and Jung vowed to get revenge on his friend's behalf in the Octagon. Ortega eventually released a lukewarm apology that did not exhibit remorse for his actions.
The sequence represented an extreme about-face for Ortega (14-1-1), who had developed a reputation as affable and humble while climbing the ranks behind six consecutive UFC victories. But that streak came to a thudding halt when his lopsided title fight against Holloway was stopped after the fourth round.
Jung (16-5), 33, has long been viewed as a viable contender, but his career has been derailed by an assortment of injuries and mandatory military service in his native South Korea. His nickname stems from his uncanny ability to withstand damage while delivering plenty of his own. Fourteen of his 16 wins have come by stoppage, including his knockouts of Renato Moicano and Edgar last year. You can see Marley's coveted Ortega vs. The Korean Zombie picks here.
Top UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Jung predictions
We'll share one of Marley's UFC Fight Night selections here: He is backing Thomas Almeida (-150) to get a stoppage victory against Jonathan Martinez (+130) in a featherweight clash.
Almeida (21-3) returns from a nearly three-year layoff because of an eye injury that required surgery. The 29-year-old was once seen as a rising prospect before hitting a rough patch that saw him lose three of four against top-notch competition. He lost to former champion Cody Garbrandt and his last fight resulted in a stoppage loss to veteran Rob Font.
Martinez (12-3) has shown signs of promise while going 3-2 in five appearances under the UFC banner. The 26-year-old Texan has split a pair of fights in 2020 and is coming off a third-round stoppage of Frankie Saenz in August.
"The chin is my biggest worry with Almeida because he is a bit too hittable, but skills-wise he is the much better striker. Even with the possible durability issue, he is more likely to finish as well," Marley told SportsLine.
How to make UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Jung picks
Marley also has strong picks for Jung vs. Ortega and every other bout on the UFC Fight Night card. He's also backing a fighter who is "simply better everywhere." Those selections are only available here.
Who wins The Korean Zombie vs. Ortega? And how exactly does each fight end? Visit SportsLine now to get detailed picks on every fight at UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Jung, all from the incomparable expert who's up over $20,000 on MMA in the past 20 months and nailed 22 of the last 27 main events, and find out.
UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Jung odds (via William Hill)
Chan Sung Jung (-170) vs. Brian Ortega (+150)
Ciryl Gane (-600) vs. Ante Delija (+450)
Jessica Andrade (-145) vs. Katlyn Chookagian (+125)
Jimmy Crute (-340) vs. Modestas Bukauskas (+280)
Thomas Almeida (-150) vs. Jonathan Martinez (+130)
Mateusz Gamrot (-300) vs. Guram Kutateladze (+250)
Gillian Robertson (-240) vs. Poliana Botelho (+200)
James Krause (-180) vs. Claudio Silva (+160)
Jun Yong Park (-250) vs. John Phillips (+210)
Jamie Mullarkey (-135) vs. Fares Ziam (+115)
Maxim Grishin (-400) vs. Gadzhmurad Antigulov (+320)
Said Nurmagomedov (-420) vs. Mark Striegl (+340)