Chan Sung Jung
The Korean Zombie

South Korea

Injury Knee
Est. Return 4/1/2021
Turning focus to spring fight
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.
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.
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Outclassed in unlikely striking war
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.
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.
Ortega on tap in October
August 18, 2020
Jung (eye) and Brian Ortega (knee) are expected to headline the Oct. 17 UFC event in a featherweight bout, Damon Martin of reports.
This matchup has been in the works for nearly a year, as the pair was originally scheduled to face off in December, but Ortega was forced to withdraw due to partially torn ACL. Jung then underwent eye surgery in February, and the COVID-19 pandemic brought significant travel restrictions. "The Korean Zombie" made quick work of the replacement fighter, Frankie Edgar, in December, while Ortega still hasn't fought since suffering his first career loss in the UFC Featherweight Championship against Max Holloway in late 2018.
New bout versus Ortega
May 27, 2020
Dana White said Wednesday that Jung (eye) will be booked for a featherweight bout against Brian Ortega, Phil Murphy of ESPN reports.
White also said the winner would take on the victor from the Featherweight Championship rematch between Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway. Neither bout has an announced date, but both are likely to take place sometime over the summer. Jung and Ortega were supposed to fight at UFC Busan in December, but Ortega was forced to withdraw due to a knee injury. Frankie Edgar stepped in to replace him, and "The Korean Zombie" made quick work with a TKO (punches) at 3:18 of Round 1. Jung underwent eye surgery in February to address his issues with double vision and should be cleared to fight again in July.
Set for eye surgery
February 24, 2020
Jung will undergo eye surgery and won't fight until July at the earliest, reports.
Jung received a second opinion from a doctor in Phoenix after a doctor in South Korea initial said surgery wouldn't be required to correct his double vision issues. He doesn't believe the surgery will be a major one and expects to be able to fight again over the summer.
Makes quick work of Frankie Edgar
December 21, 2019
Jung defeated Frankie Edgar via TKO (punches) at 3:18 of Round 1 at UFC on ESPN+ 23 on Saturday in Busan, South Korea.
Jung entered this fight as a betting favorite against a short-notice opponent, and quickly put his skills on display in front of the South Korean crowd backing his cause. While "The Korean Zombie" needed just minutes to get the finish, he managed to accumulate 46 significant strikes (all to the head), resulting in a strong score from a fantasy perspective. He'll also go home with a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus. TKZ now puts himself in the immediate conversation for a title shot at 145 pounds, but with newly-crowned champion Alexander Volkanovski now sidelined after hand surgery, Jung may be forced to accept another fight. The UFC likely won't be able to run back Brian Ortega for a while, so a matchup against top contender Zabit Magomedsharipov might make sense.