Following his defeat to Max Holloway in the UFC event held in Singapore on August 26, 2023, featherweight great Chan Sung Jung, also known by his nickname The Korean Zombie, has decided to call it a career and retire from the sport.
The fighter known as “Zombie” made one more bid for the UFC featherweight championship and faced up against the ever-threatening former champion. On the other hand, Holloway showed that he was the superior fighter on this night and ended up winning the fight via knockout in the third round.
The South Korean boxer was greeted enthusiastically by the crowd as he entered the arena to the sound of the protest song “Zombie,” which has accompanied each of his entrances over the course of so many years.
On the other hand, the fight did not go as the experienced fighter could have anticipated it would. Holloway exercised strong control of the distance, as he inched closer and closer to victory. The Korean Zombie had his opportunities throughout the fight, but he ultimately fell short as Holloway caught him coming in during the third round. After suffering this defeat, Zombie no longer has any chance of winning the championship.
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During the post-fight interview, The Korean Zombie delivered an emotional retirement speech, in which he stated:
“Ever since I started participating in this sport, my ultimate goal has been to win championships.” I’m not competing in this to come in third, fourth, or fifth place. In order to get ready for Max Holloway, I gave it my absolute best effort. I was under the impression that I could prevail, but in the end, I was not. I don’t believe that option is available to me at this time. “As a result, I believe that this will be the last time that I engage in combat,” Chan Sung Jung’s translator remarked.
The Korean Zombie’s career at a glance
When it comes to mixed martial arts (MMA), Jung has competed with legends like as Jose Aldo, Frankie Edgar, Alexander Volkanovski, and Dustin Poirier, to mention just a few. The retirement of the South Korean fighter brought an end to a career that spanned 16 years and saw him battle against some of the best competitors in the history of mixed martial arts (MMA).
In the course of his brilliant career, he competed for the UFC featherweight championship twice, once against Jose Aldo and once against Alexander Volkavnoski, however he was unsuccessful on both occasions. Despite this, the experienced fighter was the one who carried the torch for Asian mixed martial arts (MMA) in the UFC, and he has left behind a lasting legacy with some unforgettable performances inside the octagon.