Chan Sung Jung

The Korean Zombie

South Korea

Gets title shot
FeatherweightUFC
January 11, 2022
Jung will take on Alexander Volkanovski for the featherweight title at UFC 273 on April 9, MMA reporter Ariel Helwani reports.
ANALYSIS
Jung earned his title shot by winning three of his last four fights, most recently defeating Dan Ige by unanimous decision in June. His lone loss over that stretch came against Brian Ortega, whom Volkanovski defeated in his most recent title defense.
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Facing 180-day medical suspension
FeatherweightUFC
June 22, 2021
Jung is facing a six-month medical suspension, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Jung was able to defeat Dan Ige by unanimous decision last Saturday to run his record in the UFC to 7-3. Jung will need clearance on a left shoulder injury, however, if he wants to fight before mid-December.
Cruises past Dan Ige
FeatherweightUFC
June 19, 2021
Jung defeated Dan Ige via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was an emphatic bounce-back effort from the Zombie on the heels of his crushing, lopsided loss at the hands of Brian Ortega last October. Jung was routed on the feet in that fight against an opponent who isn't known for his striking, but the Zombie did a much better job in that area against Ige. He used his large frame to limit Ige's space, and for the most part, kept his stand-up attacks basic and direct. It was a strategy that worked. Jung scored takedowns in multiple rounds, including Round 3 when he was credited with a whopping 4:43 worth of control time in the five minute frame. It was a complete performance in a bout in which Jung entered as a +130 underdog. The Zombie is now 4-2 since returning from his near four-year hiatus back in February 2017. Now 34 years old, Jung is going to have to keep stringing together victories in order to move up the ranks at 145 pounds.
Set to fight Ige
FeatherweightUFC
April 3, 2021
Sung Jung will headline UFC Fight Night on June 19 against Dan Ige, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Sung Jung underwent a procedure to address a knee ligament injury following his previous loss to Brian Ortega in October. He was on the verge of a title shot prior to the defeat and remains the No. 5 ranked featherwight contender. His opponent, Ige, publicly called for this matchup after his previous victory over Gavin Tucker in March.
Turning focus to spring fight
FeatherweightUFC
December 2, 2020
Jung said Tuesday that he's targeting a return to the Octagon in March or April after he underwent a procedure to address a knee ligament injury that he sustained prior to his Oct. 17 fight with Brian Ortega, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Despite being less than 100 percent for the fight in Abu Dhabi, Jung turned in a game effort in the loss to Ortega, taking the bout three rounds before losing via unanimous decision. After returning to his native South Korea following the fight, Jung said he required a "simple" procedure to address the injury he suffered while training ahead of the loss to Ortega. Jung noted that he's hopeful to book a matchup with Zabit Magomedsharipov, which would set him up for a potential featherweight title fight if he's able to come away with a victory.
Outclassed in unlikely striking war
FeatherweightUFC
October 17, 2020
Jung lost to Brian Ortega via unanimous decision (45-50, 45-50, 45-50) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
There aren't many folks on the planet who would have picked Jung to lose a standup battle against Ortega prior to this fight. That he lost as handily as he did suggests we really saw something special. "Zombie" came out wanting to pick his shots, and looked to be gaining the upper hand in Round 2 before he got caught with a clean spinning back elbow that put him on the canvas. Jung seemed unsure of himself from that moment on and it didn't help that Ortega was effortlessly blending his range attacks with takedown attempts. This forced Jung into a state of reluctance I'm not sure we've ever seen before, which allowed Ortega to do whatever he wanted as he continued to pick "Zombie" off from range. We know Jung is a great technical boxer with power, but this isn't the first time rushing forward has cost him, as he was knocked out with one second left in a fight against Yair Rodriguez when he was hit with an upward elbow during a wild flurry. He can be forgiven for not expecting the same kind of athleticism from Ortega, but it still speaks to a recklessness that he will need to eliminate from his game. There is no doubt this loss hurts Jung's chances at getting a title shot, but he's a popular fighter with a fan-pleasing style, which should net him another high-profile fight the next time he steps in the cage.