Chan Sung Jung, universally adored as “The Korean Zombie” in the MMA world, isn’t planning to overstay his welcome in the sport. Two weekends back in Singapore, the 36-year-old fighter found himself at the center of a much-anticipated match against ex-champ Max Holloway, marking UFC’s comeback to the nation.
This was Jung’s first foray back into the Octagon since his April 2022 match against featherweight supremo Alexander Volkanovski. There, Jung’s attempt at the title came to a grisly halt in the fourth round, stopped by referee Herb Dean to prevent further harm. This bout led to speculation that Holloway might be Jung’s curtain call, and as it turned out, the fighter himself only confirmed it at the fight’s conclusion.
In a recent YouTube video, Jung confessed, “I had originally planned for my final bout to be in Korea. It was a surprise even to myself when my opinion shifted.” Known for his candid interviews, he went on to say, “I can recall every second of this fight. Each time I got floored. I even questioned what hit me the first time I went down in round two. When the ref ended it in the third, it dawned on me—my fighting days are numbered.”
Jung had a moment of clarity while Max Holloway was helping him get back on his feet. “Technically, I think I’m sound, and physically, I’m in the best shape of my life. But those punches that took me down? They weren’t supposed to. I was thrown off balance in the first round, flattened in the second, and precisely struck in the third.”
Holloway secured a victory against Jung in a scorching 23-second sequence in the third round. Although two more main event rounds were slated, Jung knew he had to turn the tide after almost losing in the previous round. He figured Holloway would slip up if attacked relentlessly but felt the revelations he had during the fight left him no alternative.
“In the midst of the fight, I realized that I’m not as unbreakable as I once was,” Jung said. “I spoke to Dustin [Poirier] recently, and I admitted that I’m not the same fighter I was at 23. You can’t avoid every hit in MMA, but my resilience just isn’t what it used to be.”
Following a 16-year roller coaster of a career, Jung retires with an electrifying 17-8 record (7-5 in UFC), primarily featuring in main events after his first two UFC appearances. He made it clear: it was either conquer or be conquered. “To put it bluntly, I could’ve performed better against Holloway. But I have no regrets. I went out in true Zombie fashion.”
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Chan Sung Jung, the “Korean Zombie,” decided to retire after realizing that his physical resilience and durability were no longer at the level required for competitive fighting. This realization came to him during his fight against Max Holloway.
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More about Korean Zombie Retirement
- Korean Zombie’s Career Highlights
- Max Holloway’s Fighter Profile
- UFC Official Website
- MMA Rankings and News
- Herb Dean, Referee Profile
- Alexander Volkanovski vs Korean Zombie: Fight Recap
- Dustin Poirier’s Take on Korean Zombie’s Retirement
- UFC Featherweight Division: All You Need to Know
- MMA Community’s Reaction to Korean Zombie’s Retirement
- UFC Singapore Event Recap
- Fighter Retirement: What Comes Next?
- The Science of MMA Fighting
- Korean Zombie’s YouTube Channel
- MMA Fighting’s Twitter Account
- MMA Fighting’s Facebook Page