Bermudez hopes to move into top five with win Saturday over Korean Zombie, but Florian and Cormier pick Zombie to win

By Wade Keller, MMATorch editor

Tomorrow night on FS1, Dennis Bermudez fights “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung in the headline fight. Cormier said, regarding Zombie’s first fight in several years in UFC, “There are no tune-up fights for The Korean Zombie.”

On FS1’s “UFC Tonight” program this week, studio analyst Cormier talked about recent activity in the Octagon. “Dennis Bermudez has been active and has a win over the current interim champion Max Holloway,” he said. “He’s gotten comfortable with his striking and wrestling, and is ready to move up in the division. For Bermudez, he’s got to piece it all together, like he did against Clay Guida.”

Bermudez isn’t taking Zombie lightly despite his inactivity in recent years. “I prepared for him as if he’s never left, for the best we’ve ever seen him,” he said. He’s been training with Henri Hooft: “I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and get some good work with Henri,” he said.

Meanwhile, fellow UFC Tonight analyst Kenny Florian said Bermudez has to be patient in this fight. “The Korean Zombie is very aggressive and is a whirlwind of technique,” he said. “He gets submissions from front headlocks, which is a good counter to the wrestling of Bermudez. The Korean Zombie is so dangerous. I think Dennis has to be patient with this fight. The longer he’s on the mat rolling with The Korean Zombie, the more susceptible to submissions he is.”

Florian said Zombie’s key to victory is being aggressive as usual and aim for submissions. “He’s got to maintain forward pressure, win the scrambles and look for the submissions.”

Cormier said Bermudez to utilize feints, get in boxing range, and land the takedown, but be aware of his limbs and neck because of Zombie’s submissions.”

Bermudez said a win is needed to get into title contention. “I think it puts me into top five,” he said. “I have a win over Max, so I’m trying to get that belt.”

Florian, though, is picking Zombie to win. “It’s hard to get a gauge how much The Korean Zombie has progressed with his training since he’s been gone. I think he’s been keeping up and he’ll wait for a mistake from Dennis and get a submission.”

Watch Bermudez talk about beating the Zombie HERE.

VIDEO: Interview: Dennis Bermudez tells us how he’ll beat the Korean Zombie

Cormier and Florian both picked Zombie to win. Watch that clip HERE.

NOW CHECK OUT OUR FULL FIGHT CARD PREVIEW HERE: UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRIMER: Ecochard’s preview of Bermudez vs. Korean Zombie, Grasso vs. Herrig

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