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.”

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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.

Bryce Mitchell Explains Why “Korean Zombie” Is Best Opponent For Him

UFC featherweight contender Bryce Mitchell is looking to surge towards title contention and hopes to do so at the expense of “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung. Mitchell returned from a year-and-a-half layoff at UFC 272 earlier this year, squaring off against promotional mainstay Edson Barboza. Having defeated the likes of Charles Rosa and Andre…

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UFC featherweight contender Bryce Mitchell is looking to surge towards title contention and hopes to do so at the expense of “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung.

Mitchell returned from a year-and-a-half layoff at UFC 272 earlier this year, squaring off against promotional mainstay Edson Barboza. Having defeated the likes of Charles Rosa and Andre Fili in his prior outings, the Brazilian represented a stiff step-up in competition for “Thug Nasty.”

To say that Mitchell passed the test with flying colors would be an understatement. After knocking the elite striker down on the feet early, Mitchell implemented his dominant wrestling, controlling and beating the veteran en route to a unanimous decision verdict.

Now at 15-0 and having added an established UFC name to his blossoming résumé, Mitchell is looking to take the next step towards the top.

With a #9 ranking comes a small pool of higher-placed featherweights for Mitchell and his team to choose from, with many also already booked to fight one another. But one name in particular has stood out to the 27-year-old.

During an interview with former UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub, the Arkansas native proposed a “twister versus twister” matchup against two-time title challenger “The Korean Zombie.” Chan Sung Jung was the last man to challenge champion Alexander Volkanovski, falling via TKO in the fourth round at UFC 273.

“‘The Korean Zombie’ is the highest-ranked guy that I could possibly fight. And the reason that I believe he is (the best), is that he’s a two-time title contender,” said Mitchell. “He went and fought for the belt two times. There’s other guys that are up there. Ortega’s booked, Holloway’s booked, but there’s other guys that might be up there, but they didn’t fight for the belt twice.

“If you go in there and you beat zombie better than both champs (did), Aldo and Volk, I think it took Volk maybe two (four) rounds, so If I go in there and beat ‘Korean Zombie’ in the first round, that gives me grounds to fight Volk immediately,” added Mitchell. “I want to fight the zombie because he’s the best guy available… Hopefully he’s ready to go. It’s twister versus twister. If one of us twisters the other, that settles who’s got the better twister.”

Only two fights in UFC history have ended via twister submission. While Chan Sung Jung locked in the first against Leonard Garcia in 2011, Mitchell replicated the feat in his third Octagon appearance versus Matt Sayles in 2019.

It’s safe to say that not many people have secured a title shot in a greater fashion than potentially finishing “The Korean Zombie” with the move that he was the first to pull off. We’ll see if Mitchell gets the chance to do just that in the coming months.

Could Bryce Mitchell out-twister the UFC’s first twisterer?

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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.

Volkanovski To Korean Zombie: “Don’t Be Too Hard On Yourself”

UFC Featherweight Champion Alexander Volkanovski has urged Chan Sung Jung not to retire following their title fight at UFC 273. ‘The Korean Zombie’ touched on the possibility of him retiring following his latest title shot at UFC 273. The UFC featherweight contender suffered a TKO loss to the champion in what he had previously admitted…

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UFC Featherweight Champion Alexander Volkanovski has urged Chan Sung Jung not to retire following their title fight at UFC 273.

‘The Korean Zombie’ touched on the possibility of him retiring following his latest title shot at UFC 273. The UFC featherweight contender suffered a TKO loss to the champion in what he had previously admitted may well be his last shot at the title.

The fight itself was a landslide with the featherweight champion dominating each round before securing the stoppage. In the process, Jung suffered significant damage in his attempt at becoming the first Korean UFC champion.

‘The Korean Zombie’ appeared pessimistic about his future within the sport following his latest setback as he hinted at retirement. He said the following in his post-fight interview:

“After every loss I always think about leaving the octagon, leaving this MMA game. But I’ll need more time to think on it and see if I’ll continue fighting. I have to think on that.”

Volkanovski spoke to TMZSports, where he looked to raise the spirits of his fellow fighter.

“I felt bad because you could see he was a bit emotional after the fight,” said Volkanovski. “I obviously couldn’t understand him, but I knew he was like talking about retiring and all that.

“I wanted him to understand that it doesn’t matter who was there in front of me, that was going to happen, so don’t be so hard on yourself. Because if you were in front of someone else that night, it wouldn’t have looked that way.”

The Korean Zombie has now fought twice for the UFC featherweight strap, falling short on both occasions. He entered the two title fights — that were separated nine years apart — as a huge underdog with his chances of winning the belt looking slim.

It now appears that the fan-favorite has given up on his hopes of winning the belt with retirement heavy on his mind.

Do you think it’s time for The Korean Zombie to call it quits? Or would you like to see the UFC veteran fight another day in the featherweight division?

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