Watch | ‘The Korean Zombie’ forced to close gym after rain storm flooding

The Korean Zombie, Chan Sung JungChan Sung Jung, popularly known as ‘The Korean Zombie,’ will need to find a new spot to train, at least temporarily. Jung last took to the octagon against the current UFC featherweight champion Alex Volkanovski in April at UFC 273. Former division title holder Max Holloway was initially lined up for Volkanovski, but Jung was […]

The Korean Zombie, Chan Sung Jung

Chan Sung Jung, popularly known as ‘The Korean Zombie,’ will need to find a new spot to train, at least temporarily.

Jung last took to the octagon against the current UFC featherweight champion Alex Volkanovski in April at UFC 273. Former division title holder Max Holloway was initially lined up for Volkanovski, but Jung was found as the replacement after Holloway was forced to withdraw from the bout.

Volkanovski handily dispatched Jung in the fourth round after dominating him throughout the contest.

The Korean Zombie forced to close gym after rain storm flooding

‘The Korean Zombie’ got back to the drawing board as he recovered from the damage sustained by his latest loss. His training will need to be put on a halt for now, as a natural mishap ruined his previous facilities. A rain storm ended up flooding his gym, which now needs to be repaired.

Jung shared the news on his Instagram account, writing: “I think I should close the gym for a while. I’ll have it restored as soon as possible. ? We will announce as soon as possible to operate. Thank you for your understanding.”

You can watch the video below.

It was not only Jung who suffered as the record rainfall caused deadly flooding in Seoul, killing at least eight people, according to CNN. He posted follow-up stories of the gym and it appeared that he had already started cleaning up the place. However, restoration work would remain still to get everything back in working condition.

Jung’s toughness and incredible durability made him a fan favorite. ‘The Korean Zombie’ hinted at retirement but eventually decided against it following the defeat to Volkanovski. He has been competing in the UFC for over a decade, having started his pro career in 2007 before making his debut in the promotion in 2011.

Manager eyes ‘fun’ Calvin Kattar, ‘Korean Zombie’ fight, dismisses ‘frustrating’ Arnold Allen booking

Calvin KattarNew England Cartel leader and manager, Tyson Chartier has fielded a potential fight between his student and client, Calvin Kattar, and two-time division title challenger, Chan Sung Jung next – claiming that he has become frustrated attempting to find Kattar a bout against the surging, Arnold Allen. Kattar, the current #5 ranked featherweight contender, was […]

Calvin Kattar

New England Cartel leader and manager, Tyson Chartier has fielded a potential fight between his student and client, Calvin Kattar, and two-time division title challenger, Chan Sung Jung next – claiming that he has become frustrated attempting to find Kattar a bout against the surging, Arnold Allen.

Kattar, the current #5 ranked featherweight contender, was defeated last time out in the main event of UFC Austin back in June, battling over the course of five rounds in a close split decision loss against Josh Emmett. The ‘Lone Star State’ main event earned both Kattar and Emmett a Fight of the Night bonus.

As for Jung, the faltering veteran suffered a hugely one-sided, eventual fourth round knockout loss to featherweight champion, Alexander Volkanovski back in April in the main event of UFC 273. And has noted his interest in one final outing in his native South Korea before a career swansong. 

Speaking on some movement on his client, Kattar’s next fight, Chartier floated a potential matchup against Jung – which he described as “fun”, as well as claiming fight negotiations with Ipswitch technician, Allen were becoming more and more “frustrating”.

“The ‘Zombie’ fight is fun,” Tyson Chartier told MMA Junkie during a recent interview. “They’re both (Calvin Kattar and Chan Sung Jung) coming off losses. He’s already been resting a little bit. We probably don’t need as long of a rest, so I think the timeline matches up. Arnold Allen is not even worth trying to book.”

“We’ve been offered him before, we accepted, it was a frustrating fight to try to book. It seems like he’s (Arnold Allen) always either injured or wants to go on vacation or a concert with his girlfriend, or I don’t know. But he called us out and we said yes, we’ll fight you in 10 weeks, and he said, ‘Well, that’s not long enough.’” 

“So we want to fight real fighters,” Tyson Chartier said of Calvin Kattar’s future. “I’m not saying he’s (Allen) not a real fighter, but if you can’t be ready to fight in 10 weeks coming off a win, then maybe you’re in the wrong sport. I don’t know. It’s frustrating.”

“So, yeah, we’ll see. I think the ‘Zombie’ fight makes a lot of sense. I think it’s a fun fight, he’s a banger, he’ll probably try and wrestle us a little bit. Calvin has shown that he has good takedown defense, so then that means it turns into a nice Calvin Kattar fight.” 

Calvin Kattar returned triumphantly back in January in a dominant win

At the beginning of the year, Kattar returned from a lengthy sidelining to turn in a vintage striking display en route to a one-sided unanimous decision battering of Georgian kickboxer, Giga Chikadze – returning him to the winner’s enclosure.

Chan Sung Jung Resists Retirement, Calls For ‘One More Fight’ In UFC Seoul Homecoming

Chan Sung JungTwo-time UFC featherweight title challenger, ‘The Korean Zombie’ Chan Sung Jung has distanced himself from a speculated retirement from professional mixed martial arts following his one-sided April defeat to Alexander Volkanovski – calling for the promotion to return to his native South Korea for “one more fight”. Jung, the current #5 ranked featherweight in the […]

Chan Sung Jung

Two-time UFC featherweight title challenger, ‘The Korean Zombie’ Chan Sung Jung has distanced himself from a speculated retirement from professional mixed martial arts following his one-sided April defeat to Alexander Volkanovski – calling for the promotion to return to his native South Korea for “one more fight”.

Jung, the current #5 ranked featherweight in the official division stack, headliner UFC 273 back in April in Jacksonville, Florida – suffering an eventual fourth round strikes loss against defending undisputed champion, Alexander Volkanovski.

The defeat came as Jung’s second from his three most recent Octagon walks, following a prior damaging loss at the hands of fellow two-time title chaser, Brian Ortega.

In his most recent victory, the Busan-born contender defeated Dan Ige in a UFC Vegas 29 back in June of last year.

In the immediate aftermath of his UFC 273 defeat against Volkanovski, Jung flirted with a potential retirement from the sport, questioning if he had what it takes to ever lift featherweight gold under the UFC banner.

Chan Sung Jung calls for the UFC Octagon to return to his native South Korea

However, almost two months on from his comprehensive loss against Volkanovski, Jung has sights set on securing “one more fight” – as well as urging the UFC to land its Octagon in Seoul for a homecoming event for him.

“Perhaps I’m old, maybe I’m not good enough, so my goal was to always show everything in every fight, but I didn’t show up every time, so that is why I’m still here,” Chan Sung Jung wrote in Korean on his official Instagram account. “I couldn’t prove it in the last fight, and I’m especially disappointed.”

“This is not an excuse for the loss,” Chan Sung Jung explained. “I just have some regrets. I’m not saying that it wasn’t 100 percent me, but I think it is right to put on a performance that I believe in, so that is why I want one more fight. I can’t set any long-term goals. For the time being, one fight… I’ll do it in Seoul. Please hold an event.” (Transcribed by MMA Junkie)

17-7 as a professional, Jung, who returned from military conscription back in 2017 following a four-year stay away from the Octagon, holds other notable career wins against the likes of Leonard Garcia, Mark Hominick, former interim lightweight champion, Dustin Poirier, Dennis Bermudez, Renato Moicano, and former undisputed lightweight titleholder, Frankie Edgar.

Chan Sung Jung Resists Retirement, Calls For ‘One More Fight’ In UFC Seoul Homecoming

Chan Sung JungTwo-time UFC featherweight title challenger, ‘The Korean Zombie’ Chan Sung Jung has distanced himself from a speculated retirement from professional mixed martial arts following his one-sided April defeat to Alexander Volkanovski – calling for the promotion to return to his native South Korea for “one more fight”. Jung, the current #5 ranked featherweight in the […]

Chan Sung Jung

Two-time UFC featherweight title challenger, ‘The Korean Zombie’ Chan Sung Jung has distanced himself from a speculated retirement from professional mixed martial arts following his one-sided April defeat to Alexander Volkanovski – calling for the promotion to return to his native South Korea for “one more fight”.

Jung, the current #5 ranked featherweight in the official division stack, headliner UFC 273 back in April in Jacksonville, Florida – suffering an eventual fourth round strikes loss against defending undisputed champion, Alexander Volkanovski.

The defeat came as Jung’s second from his three most recent Octagon walks, following a prior damaging loss at the hands of fellow two-time title chaser, Brian Ortega.

In his most recent victory, the Busan-born contender defeated Dan Ige in a UFC Vegas 29 back in June of last year.

In the immediate aftermath of his UFC 273 defeat against Volkanovski, Jung flirted with a potential retirement from the sport, questioning if he had what it takes to ever lift featherweight gold under the UFC banner.

Chan Sung Jung calls for the UFC Octagon to return to his native South Korea

However, almost two months on from his comprehensive loss against Volkanovski, Jung has sights set on securing “one more fight” – as well as urging the UFC to land its Octagon in Seoul for a homecoming event for him.

“Perhaps I’m old, maybe I’m not good enough, so my goal was to always show everything in every fight, but I didn’t show up every time, so that is why I’m still here,” Chan Sung Jung wrote in Korean on his official Instagram account. “I couldn’t prove it in the last fight, and I’m especially disappointed.”

“This is not an excuse for the loss,” Chan Sung Jung explained. “I just have some regrets. I’m not saying that it wasn’t 100 percent me, but I think it is right to put on a performance that I believe in, so that is why I want one more fight. I can’t set any long-term goals. For the time being, one fight… I’ll do it in Seoul. Please hold an event.” (Transcribed by MMA Junkie)

17-7 as a professional, Jung, who returned from military conscription back in 2017 following a four-year stay away from the Octagon, holds other notable career wins against the likes of Leonard Garcia, Mark Hominick, former interim lightweight champion, Dustin Poirier, Dennis Bermudez, Renato Moicano, and former undisputed lightweight titleholder, Frankie Edgar.

Chikadze Wants to Close Language Barrier With Zombie Inside Octagon

Giga Chikadze knows that he and Chan Sung Jung don’t speak the same language, but he believes the two fighters would understand each other perfectly if they step into the cage together. The issues between the two featherweights date back to when the UFC chose to slot “The Korean Zombie” in as a replacement for…

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Giga Chikadze knows that he and Chan Sung Jung don’t speak the same language, but he believes the two fighters would understand each other perfectly if they step into the cage together.

The issues between the two featherweights date back to when the UFC chose to slot “The Korean Zombie” in as a replacement for Max Holloway to fight featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski. Chikadze had also been lobbying for the matchup, and the Georgian didn’t hesitate to criticize Volkanovski for taking an “easy” fight against Zombie.

Chikadze’s candidacy for the title shot took a hit following his unanimous decision loss to Calvin Kattar, prompting Zombie to hit back at Chikadze on social media after the fight. Zombie ended up losing his title bid against Volkanovski in April, and last week Chikadze formally called him out for a fight.

In a recent interview with The Schmo, the Georgian elaborated on why a fight between him and Zombie makes sense.

Chikadze (left) lost a unanimous decision to Calvin Kattar in his last fight. (Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

“I feel like if he wants to do one more fight, that’s the only option for him,” said Chikadze. “He had a lot to say after my fight, after my last fight, which a lot of people say this and that, but especially Zombie had a lot to say. So I really would love to see him in the Octagon and talk about —  you know he don’t speak English and I don’t speak Korean, but we have some language that we both speak. And I believe we can fix it, and talk, and have a little conversation inside the Octagon.”

Chikadze’s loss to Kattar was his first in the UFC, while Zombie’s loss to Volkanovski was his second failed bid at the UFC featherweight title. Both men took a considerable amount of damage in those fights; but given their respective styles a matchup between the two could be compelling.

With Zombie currently #5 and Chikadze #8 in the UFC’s featherweight rankings, the matchup certainly makes sense if either man wants to maintain their status as a top fighter. It also could help clear up the featherweight title picture leading up to the third fight between Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway later this year.

What do you think of Chikadze’s explanation for his call out of The Korean Zombie?

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Giga Chikadze Calls Out Korean Zombie For His Next UFC Fight

UFC featherweight Giga Chikadze wants a shot at ‘The Korean Zombie’ Chan Sung Jung for his next appearance in the Octagon. Chikadze is coming off of his first UFC loss against Calvin Kattar in January via a unanimous decision. He and Kattar earned ‘Fight of the Night’ honors and an extra $50k each. Before the…

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UFC featherweight Giga Chikadze wants a shot at ‘The Korean Zombie’ Chan Sung Jung for his next appearance in the Octagon.

Chikadze is coming off of his first UFC loss against Calvin Kattar in January via a unanimous decision. He and Kattar earned ‘Fight of the Night’ honors and an extra $50k each.

Before the loss to Kattar, Chikadze had been on a roll in the UFC featherweight division. Following a debut win over Brandon Davis in Sept. 2019, he went on a seven-fight winning streak which included finishes over Cub Swanson and Edson Barboza.

Now, Chikadze wants to get back into the featherweight title picture, and he has his eyes on the latest title challenger Jung. Earlier this year at UFC 273, Jung suffered a lopsided defeat to Alexander Volkanovski in his second career UFC title shot.

In a recent tweet, Chikadze pitched a fight with Jung.

“Let’s do this [Korean Zombie],” Chikadze tweeted Wednesday.

Before the loss to Volkanovski, Jung earned the title shot by defeating Dan Ige last June. He earned the fight against Volkanovski after former champion Max Holloway pulled out of his originally-scheduled fight due to an injury.

Jung seemed non-committal on his fighting future just hours after UFC 273. But now he has a chance to earn another big-name win if the Chikadze fight comes to fruition.

Volkanovski will face Holloway later this year in a rescheduled trilogy bout. If Chikadze vs. Zombie takes place, the winner could potentially earn a No. 1 contender fight at the very least.

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