Fighter Profile: Chan Sung Jung ‘The Korean Zombie’

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Chan Sung Jung who goes by the name “The Korean Zombie” is one of the best Featherweights in The UFC. His road to the UFC is quite fascinating and when he steps into the UFC Octagon he shows everyone why he is where he is in the division with Knockout power and submission skills. Jung Is currently in talks to replace Max Holloway in his title fight against current champ Alexander Volkanovski.

Jung was born on March 17, 1987 in Pohang, South Korea. Due to being a smaller individual he was often bullied and due to this his aunt intervened and took him to a Hapkido gym and he also studied kickboxing. Eventually he would also take up Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo. Jung would eventually join the Navy and would take up Taekwondo and would eventually take to Sambo which he won a tournament in. At age 20 Jung would take a step towards his destination of the UFC when he would start training MMA.

Jung made his MMA debut in June of 2007 against Hyung-Geol Lee, he’d win by Submission (reverse armbar.) Jung would then fight in the Pancrase: 2007 Korea Neo-Blood Tournament where he’d fight twice in one night winning both fights and the tournament. Jung would then fight in the Korea FC tournament winning three fights in one night and thus winning the tournament. He’d fight seven more fights including two losses in the WEC before ending up in the UFC due to the merger with that organization. 

Jung would make his UFC debut against Leonard Garcia and earned the victory by performing the first twister submission in UFC history. He’d then fight Mark Hominick in December of 2011. He’d then face Dustin Poirier winning by Technical Submission (D’Arce choke.)  Jung would then drop a fight to José Aldo, one of the best featherweights in UFC history. He’d then knockout Dennis Bermudez in the first round. In his next fight he’d drop to a Knockout by Yair Rodríguez. Jung would then win back to back fights against Renato Moicano and Frankie Edgar. He’d then face Brian Ortega and would lose by Unanimous decision. In his last outing Jung would face Dan Ige winning by Unanimous decision moving his record to 17-6.

Jung is an ideal Mixed Martial Artist with striking and grappling proficiency. We can’t wait to see him fight again, it would be cool to see him pull off another awesome twister Submission. 

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