UFC Vegas 29 - Korean Zombie vs Ige Predictions & More

June 17, 2021

UFC Vegas 29 comes at you 4PM EST this Saturday June 19th from the Apex in Las Vegas. It features 12 fights headlined by the Korean Zombie (Chan Sung Jung) taking on Dan Ige in a featherweight main event. 

This main event is not exactly the best we will see this year, although it is a well made fight that brings a pickem betting line. The remainder of the card does not bring any star power draw. The interest it garners will mostly come on the gambling side of things. However, we are set up to get some fun finishes, and I would estimate at least half of the fights do not make it to the judge’s scorecards. 

For the main event we will not have a betting play, so I will touch on it here. The Korean Zombie returns after being demolished by Brian Ortega in what was a title eliminator fight last October. To put it bluntly, Ortega styled on Zombie, but I believe that had more to do with Ortega leveling up to elite than it did with anything Zombie did wrong. Zombie was coming off a pair of quick and impressive finishes and I don’t believe his ability deteriorated at any level that quickly. 

On the Ige side, he gets a slide back up in competition after a loss brought him back down. He earned a controversial decision win against Edson Barboza three fights ago which lead to him losing to Calvin Kattar. His step down and bounce back from that was a quick KO win over Gavin Tucker. With the results so far, Ige has proven himself to easily be a top 10 featherweight, but steps into the top 5 are where he seems to plateau. 

This is a well made fight as both fighters are complete. Neither are dominant wrestlers but both have very high end grappling games. If we see any grappling, the fighter on top will be the one holding the advantage. That said, I believe this will be a striking affair, and I believe each fighter has their own advantages in the stand up. Ige is likely the quicker fighter, but that may work against him in this fight. That may sound odd, so let me explain what I mean. With both fighters having fantastic durability, it may come down to the power shots and most effective counter striking. If Ige is going first and landing first, it may feel like success until a power return shot from Zombie alters the fight. Despite Ige’s KO win in his last fight, I believe Zombie to have a decided power advantage. I believe Ige may be the fighter with the better volume, so this fight can truly go either way. If you press me for a pick it would be Zombie, but this is a main event better enjoyed for viewing purposes than it is for wagering. 

On the wagering side of things we will have four plays. We do have plus figure returns in our future as three of the four plays will be plus figure ITD wagers. Let’s get to them.

Serghei Spivac -225 vs Aleksei Oleinik

Fight is at heavyweight and is -550 to end inside the distance. 

Betting Pick: Oleinik ITD +250

Marlon Vera -215 vs Davey Grant

Fight is at 135 lbs and is -130 to end inside the distance. 

Betting Pick: Vera -215

SeungWoo Choi -145 vs Julian Erosa

Fight is at 145 lbs and is +100 to end inside the distance. 

Betting Pick: Choi ITD +255

Khaos Williams -165 vs Matthew Semelsberger

Fight is at 170 lbs and is -185 to end inside the distance. 

Betting Pick: Williams ITD +115

Other Fight Predictions

👊 Korean Zombie via KO over Dan Ige

👊 Wellington Turman via submission over Bruno Silva

👊 Dhiego Lima via KO over Matt Brown

👊 ALeksa Camur via decision over Nicolae Negumereanu

👊 Virna Jandiroba via submission over Kanako Murata

👊 Josh Parisian via KO over Roque Martinez

👊 Joaquim Silva via KO over Rick Glenn

👊 Lara Procopio via decision over Casey O’Neill

TJ Calkins
TJ Calkins was raised in a gambling loving household. He knew how to handicap horse races and follow line movements well before his tenth birthday. While sports betting remained a passion into adulthood, poker and Daily Fantasy Sports also became passions and remain as such today.