UFC featherweight Chan Sung Jung aka The Korean Zombie wants to take on Max Holloway next after defeating Dan Ige via unanimous decision victory in Saturday night’s UFC Vegas 29 main event.
The Korean superstar added another win to his decorated MMA career with a dominant performance. Ige looked to have been outclassed when comes to Jung’stakedowns and ground control.
The fight was held at the UFC’s Apex facility in Las Vegas.
Two judges scored the fight 49-46 in favour of Jung, while the other had him 48-47 ahead Ige.
Apart from clinching an important victory, Jung was also awarded his BJJ black belt by his coach after the fight.
Speaking to Michael Bisping in his post-fight interview, the South Korean fighter said that he wanted to show all his skills and capabilities to let everyone know that he has what it takes to become the featherweight champion. I wanted to bring everything to this fight, Jung said.
The Korean Zombie added: “I wanted to do some kind of submission and get a finish the round before going all the way to the fifth round, but it’s OK. I do feel a little bit upset about that, but I did bring everything and show the qualities of a champion.”
The 34-year-old is likely to clinch the No 3 spot in the featherweight rankings. This is a remarkable comeback for him after suffering a defeat in his last fight. He lost via unanimous decision to Brian Ortega in October 2020.
Jung is now eyeing a fight against Max Holloway, whose fight against Yair Rodriguez was just put off after the Blessed suffered an undisclosed injury.
“Max, he doesn’t have punching power, but I have punching power,” the Zombie said. His remarks were in response to Holloway’s mid-fight claims where he told the commentators that he is the best boxer in the UFC, all while dominating Calvin Kattar on January 17.
Jung also surprised his fans during the post-fight interview as he revealed that one of his shoulders popped out during the second round against Ige.
“In the second round when he went for the takedown, he took his back, that’s when it kind of popped in and out a little bit,” his coach Eddie Chan translated for the fighter.
The coach said that the corner was wondering why would Jung never raise his hand during the fight despite being reminded from the sidelines often. Chan explained: “… After the fight, he’s like, ‘That’s why I couldn’t raise my hands.”
Jung was also elated about winning the black belt. “The higher I get up in the rankings, it’s harder to get knockouts and submissions. More than winning this fight, I love getting my black belt. This means so much to me … I’m not number four anymore, now I’m three,” the fighter said.
Dan Ige had nothing but respect for the MMA veteran. He said that the Zombie is an absolute legend who he has been watching ever since he graduated from high school.
“I was watching him from WEC days to here now in the UFC, and he’s still one of the best in the world.”