Da Un Jung vs. Devin Clark prediction | UFC Vegas 68
Da Un Jung was on a 15-fight unbeaten streak spanning six years before being knocked out by Dustin Jacoby in July. He will look to bounce back to winning ways this weekend when he takes on the highly touted wrestler Devin Clark in Las Vegas.
Clark, the South Dakota native, is also coming off of a loss, his to Azamat Murzakanov in August, but prior having knocked out William Knight himself in stunning fashion.
Oddsmakers are backing Da Un Jung to get back to winning ways as he comes in the favorite over Clark.
- Da Un Jung: -265
- Devin Clark: +200
Da Un Jung is the far more well-rounded of the two martial artists. He has tremendous boxing, often stands upright, and has good positioning when he plants to land. He will dip to his right, but he is relatively tall in his posture for the most part. In his most recent outing last summer, we saw Jung switch stance more often to attack with low kicks from both sides and hide the entries. Most notably, a dutch low kick from his conventional stance looked especially effective.
However, Devin Clark as a striker is much more comfortable working behind his kicks. He has a snappy left-shift kick to the head, teeps to the body, and low kicks. Even when Clark punches, his best shots include a long stiff jab and big looping overhands from the outside, almost all of his best striking work is exclusively done at a distance. This means, although Jung may need to work kicks to find his timing, the quicker he finds a way to get Clark to engage in the pocket the better.
Clark often does not react to pressure boxing well. If he is caught with a flush combination, he will cover up turn and look to disengage by running the perimeter. This in itself is not necessarily a bad thing, as fighters like Alistar Overeem and Conor McGregor have done so with positive results, however, the difference is they handle the shots with a good shell and head movement first. Clark, by turning opens himself up to body shots, and even more so if Jung’s stance switches as he turns.
Jung’s greatest concern will be Clark’s wrestling. He has a nice level change behind his overhand right and good scrambling ability. Jung also has nice takedowns, his best being an outside trip from an over-under clinch, but getting to this position will be difficult against someone like Clark. Instead, if Jung is to end up on top, expect it to be as a counter trip. Clark needs to make sure he is setting up his takedowns with his strikes, and Jung needs to draw out a sloppy attempt with his boxing in order to counter-wrestle.
Neither of their records indicates a massive submission threat, but both have good top control from half-guard and could absolutely maintain position and chip away with ground and pound with a lot of power.
Prediction and Betting Guide
Clark needs to be all the way out or all the way in to give himself a chance. However, Jung is so good at entering behind his shots and immediately clinch fighting and finding counter takedowns if his opponents crash into him. I think what is most likely to happen, is the boxing Jung causes Clark to make mistakes as pressure builds and Jung capitalizes on those moments.
Pick: Da Un Jung to win (-265)
Braeden Arbour is an aspiring journalist out of Ontario, Canada. He is a recent graduate of Trent University, with a black belt in Karate and a blue belt in Judo. He has also been an avid fan of MMA for the last decade.