Max Holloway delivered a knockout performance that sent “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung into retirement in an electrifying showdown at UFC Singapore. The ex-featherweight champion, despite carrying the weight of tragic wildfires in his Hawaiian hometown, engaged in an all-out war with Jung right from the opening seconds to the final bell.
In a jaw-dropping turn of events during the third round, Holloway and Jung abandoned all caution and began a ferocious exchange of punches. It was in this moment that Holloway unleashed a brutal right hand that twisted Jung around, sending him crashing face-first onto the canvas. The referee swiftly intervened, putting an end to the fight just 23 seconds into the third round. Holloway showed his sportsmanship by helping Jung back to his feet and celebrating amidst the enthusiastic Singapore crowd.
As Holloway basked in victory, he couldn’t help but acknowledge Jung’s legendary status, shouting, “Give it up for ‘Korean Zombie,’ this guy’s a legend! He’s ‘The Korean Zombie’ for a reason. I’m just lucky my right hand landed before his.”
The fight had maintained a frantic pace throughout, with Jung fearlessly charging into exchanges, launching powerful strikes at Holloway at every opportunity. Following an intensely close opening round, Holloway gained momentum in the second, landing a heavy blow that dropped Jung to the mat. However, in a surprising turn, instead of capitalizing on the situation, Holloway momentarily turned away, allowing Jung to survive and eventually rise to his feet.
The third round brought an explosive resolve from Jung, who engaged in an all-out assault on Holloway. The two fighters engaged in a wild brawl, trading blows with incredible intensity. Ultimately, it was Holloway’s devastating right hand that proved to be the decisive blow, causing “The Korean Zombie” to collapse onto the canvas. Referee Marc Goddard promptly halted the fight.
Following the fight, as Jung removed his gloves, he conveyed through a translator that he had decided to retire from the sport. He expressed his aspirations to become a champion but admitted that he no longer saw the opportunity after this defeat.
“I’m going to stop fighting,” Jung said. “I’ve always aimed to become a champion when I first started the sport. I’m not here to be ranked third, fourth or fifth. I tried my absolute best to prepare for Max Holloway. I really, really believed I could beat him but I ended up failing so I don’t think I have the opportunity anymore. I think I’m going to stop fighting.”
As Jung left the octagon, The Cranberries’ song “Zombie” echoed through the arena, creating a poignant atmosphere. He was visibly emotional, breaking down in tears as he greeted his loved ones at ringside. With an overall record of 17-8, Jung retired as one of the most cherished fighters in the UFC.
Holloway, too, was deeply moved by the fight, dedicating his victory to the people of Hawaii who were grappling with recent tragedies. In an emotional moment, he expressed, “I can’t even talk about the fight right now. Only thing on my mind is Lahaina, Maui. This one is for you guys. If you guys can, please on Instagram, share to the world and help my fellow Hawaiians. It really means a lot.” This victory wasn’t just about sports—it was about standing in solidarity with his community during challenging times.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Knockout
Who were the fighters in the UFC Singapore main event?
The main event featured Max Holloway and “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung.
How did the fight end?
In the third round, Max Holloway delivered a vicious right-hand knockout to “The Korean Zombie.”
Did Max Holloway show sportsmanship after the fight?
Yes, Holloway helped “The Korean Zombie” to his feet and celebrated amidst the crowd.
Why did “The Korean Zombie” announce retirement?
After the fight, “The Korean Zombie” announced retirement due to his aspirations to become a champion not being fulfilled.
How did Max Holloway dedicate his victory?
Max Holloway dedicated his victory to the people of Hawaii, particularly those affected by recent tragedies.
What song played as “The Korean Zombie” left the octagon?
“The Cranberries’ song ‘Zombie’ echoed through the arena as he left, creating an emotional moment.
What was the overall atmosphere of the fight?
The fight was a high-paced, intense showdown with both fighters engaging in a fierce exchange of punches.
How did the referee intervene during the knockout?
Referee Marc Goddard stepped in to stop the fight immediately after Holloway’s devastating knockout punch.
What is the final record of “The Korean Zombie”?
“The Korean Zombie” retired with a final record of 17 wins and 8 losses in his MMA career.
What were the emotions conveyed by both fighters?
Both fighters exhibited strong emotions, with Holloway expressing his dedication to Hawaii and “The Korean Zombie” tearfully leaving the octagon.
How did the Singapore crowd react to the fight?
The crowd in Singapore was raucous and enthusiastic, showing their appreciation for the fighters’ efforts.
More about Knockout
- Max Holloway’s Knockout Highlights
- UFC Singapore Official Website
- Profile: Max Holloway
- “The Korean Zombie” Fighter Profile
- The Cranberries – “Zombie” Music Video
- Recent Tragedies in Hawaii
- UFC Singapore Fight Night Recap
- Max Holloway’s Instagram
- “The Korean Zombie” Official Twitter
- UFC Official Twitter