Chan Sung Jung retires after loss at UFC Singapore

Chan Sung Jung called an end to his 14-fight WEC/UFC career Saturday morning following his second straight loss. “The Korean Zombie” burst on the American MMA scene back in 2010-2011 with two memorable fights with Leonard Garcia. In Jung’s UFC debut, he fought Garcia for the second time, following a highly competitive split decision in the WEC. Jung would secure the first submission win by “Twister” in UFC history that night, a truly historic moment in the sport. Following that victory “The Korean Zombie” knocked out Mark Hominick in just seven seconds at UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida. Next, Jung would face a young contender at the time named Dustin Poirier, who he would finish by Submission (D’arce Choke) in the fourth round.

This may have been the greatest win in Jung’s career, as Porier would go on to become Interim Lightweight Champion and defeat Conor Mcgregor twice. After finishing three opponents in a row Jung would fight UFC Hall of Famer Jose Aldo for the UFC Featherweight title. At that time Aldo was nearly unbeatable, he possessed elite striking skills and had not been defeated in almost ten years. Jung suffered a shoulder injury in the fight that eventually led to a TKO loss. Jung’s heart and determination were always on display when he competed in the octagon.

Military Service and Second Title Run

In Chan Sung Jung’s native South Korea if you are an able-bodied male between 18-35 are required to serve 18-21 months in the military. At the time of his enlistment, Jung was 26 years old and ranked #2 in the world at 145 pounds. There is no doubt that many of “The Korean Zombie’s” prime years were taken away from him. When he returned to the sport in 2017 he faced a fellow UFC veteran Dennis Bermudez. Bermudez was a powerful wrestler and a tough opponent to return against. Jung however, landed a massive uppercut that knocked his opponent out in the first round. Jung was finally back in the UFC and made a statement in his return.

Zombie would go 3-4 in his next 7 UFC fights but earned many performance of the night bonuses. Standout wins against Renato Moicano, Frankie Edgar, and Dan Ige would earn him a second title shot. This time he would face the #2 Pound-for-Pound fighter in the world Alexander Volkanovski. Jung put forth a spirited effort but he was competing against an all-time great once again. Volkanovski is still the champion at 145 pounds. Many believed after his loss to Volkanovski that “The Korean Zombie” would retire. This weekend he returned to Asia to compete for the final time.

Retirement

Chan Sung Jung told UFC color analyst Michael Bisping that “He was done” following his knockout loss Saturday morning. After laying his gloves down in the cage Jung was emotional as the crowd sang “Zombie” by the Cranberries. Mixed Martial arts fans can not thank Jung enough for the action-packed fights and historic performances he gave us.

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