Chan Sung Jung
|Chan Sung Jung|
Jung in July 2013
March 17, 1987 |
Pohang, South Korea
|Other names||The Korean Zombie|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg)|
|Reach||74 in (188 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Pohang, South Korea|
|Team||Korean Zombie MMA|
Black belt in |
Black belt in Taekwondo
Green belt in Judo
Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
|Revised Romanization||Jeong Chan-seong|
Chan Sung Jung (Korean: 정찬성 born March 17, 1987, anglicized as Jung Chan-Sung) is a South Korean mixed martial artist and kickboxer currently competing in the UFC's featherweight division. His nickname, "The Korean Zombie" comes from his ability to continue to move forward and fight aggressively, even after taking heavy blows. As of January 17, 2014, he is #5 in official UFC featherweight rankings  and ranked the #8 featherweight in the world by Sherdog.
Early life and education
Born in Pohang, South Korea in 1987, Jung moved to Nam Yang Ju, a satellite city of Seoul when he was in his mid teens. Due to his slight stature and his rural birthplace, he was bullied constantly by his classmates. Jung got into many fights because of the bullying and usually lost. When his aunt could no longer stand to see Jung's predicament, she took him to a nearby Hapkido gym.
Jung trained in Hapkido before joining a Taekwondo-gym at age 18. In June 2007, he won a Sambo tournament arranged by the Korean Sambo Association, and in December of the same year, he won the lightweight division of the Pancrase Korea Neo-Blood Tournament after defeating fellow South Koreans Yoo In Seok and Lee Hyung Geol. In May 2008, he participated in and won KOREA-FC's 8-man MMA tournament in the 65 kg division. Jung was also a participant of a show called Street Fighter in 2007 which aired on South Korean cable television. He participated in the 70 kg tournament and won. The tournament was stand-up only (similar to K-1 but not in a ring).
Jung made his professional debut in June 2007 and in December the same year he won a lightweight tournament arranged by Pancrase Korea. In 2008 he won both his fights for Japanese promotion DEEP. He then entered the 2009 Sengoku Featherweight Grand-Prix where he won his first-round fight but was eliminated from the tournament by the eventual winner Masanori Kanehara.
Jung then entered the 2009 Sengoku Featherweight Grand-Prix and was matched up with Shintaro Ishiwatari in his first-round fight at Sengoku 7. After dropping Ishiwatari once in stand-up striking, Jung hit Ishiwatari with a right hand forcing him to give up his back. From there Jung sunk in a rear naked choke forcing Ishiwatari to submit at 4:29 of the first round.
In his second-round fight at Sengoku 8 on May 2, 2009, he lost via unanimous decision to Masanori Kanehara officially eliminating him from the tournament. The decision was considered questionable by the English commentators and many fans (especially given Sengoku's history of biased decisions against Korean fighters), who felt that Jung had done enough to deserve the decision. On June 7, 2009, it was announced Jung would face American Matt Jaggers at Sengoku 9 in a reserve bout for the tournament with the winner stepping in as a replacement should some of the remaining fighters be unable to continue. Jung ended up winning the fight by triangle choke submission at 1:25 of the second round, but was not required to step in as a replacement.
World Extreme Cagefighting
Chan Sung Jung then signed with World Extreme Cagefighting. He made his American and WEC debut against Leonard Garcia (who replaced injured opponent Cub Swanson) on April 24, 2010 at WEC 48 losing by an extremely controversial split decision. Many MMA publications and fans (including many in the Sacramento home crowd) opposed the decision, which has led again to questions about the accuracy of the fight judging. However, the bout was declared the Fight of the Night honors, this was later awarded for the Fight of the Year by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
Jung next faced George Roop on September 30, 2010 at WEC 51. He lost the fight via knockout due to a head kick in the second round, which resulted in Jung's first knockout and stoppage loss in his MMA career.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
A rematch with Garcia was scheduled for March 26, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 24, after Jung stepped in to replace an injured Nam Phan. Jung was able to avenge the original loss after submitting Garcia with a twister in the final second of the second round. This was the first time in the history of the UFC that a twister submission ended a bout and the win earned Jung his first Submission of the Night honors. This was later awarded for the Submission of the Year by the World MMA Awards. In his post-fight interview, Jung stated he learned the move by watching Eddie Bravo videos on YouTube.
Jung faced former title challenger Mark Hominick on December 10, 2011 at UFC 140. Jung won the bout via KO at 0:07 of the first round, which tied a UFC record for fastest knockout. Jung's victory over Mark Hominick earned him Knockout of the Night honors. The victory also earned Jung much praise in his native South Korea, appearing on news broadcasts on the country's major national television channels (such as KBS).
Jung faced Dustin Poirier on May 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier. Jung defeated Poirier via submission (D'arce Choke) in the fourth round. The performance earned Jung Submission of the Night and both participants Fight of the Night honors. The bout was honored as Fight of the Year and Submission of the Year by several publications at the conclusion of 2012.
Jung was expected to face Ricardo Lamas on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162. However on June 14, it was announced that Jung had been pulled from the Lamas bout and would replace an injured Anthony Pettis to face José Aldo for the featherweight championship on August 3, 2013 at UFC 163. After seemingly getting the better of Jung over the first three rounds, Aldo defeated Jung via fourth round TKO, finishing Jung with a flurry of strikes after Jung suffered a dislocated shoulder while throwing an overhand right.
Awards and recognition
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Submission of the Night (Two times) vs. Leonard Garcia and Dustin Poirier
- Knockout of the Night (One time) vs. Mark Hominick
- Fight of the Night (One time) vs. Dustin Poirier
- 2012 Submission of the Year vs. Dustin Poirier
- First and only twister finish in UFC history vs. Leonard Garcia
- Tied second fastest knockout (Todd Duffee and Ryan Jimmo in UFC history (0:07 seconds)
- World Extreme Cagefighting
- Korea FC 65 kg Tournament Winner
- Pancrase Korea Neo-Blood Lightweight Tournament Winner
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter
- 2012 Fight of the Year vs. Dustin Poirier on May 15
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|17 matches||13 wins||4 losses|
|Loss||13–4||José Aldo||TKO (punches)||UFC 163||August 3, 2013||4||2:00||Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||For the UFC Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||13–3||Dustin Poirier||Technical Submission (D'arce choke)||UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier||May 15, 2012||4||1:07||Fairfax, Virginia, United States||Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night; 2012 Fight of the Year.|
|Win||12–3||Mark Hominick||KO (punches)||UFC 140||December 10, 2011||1||0:07||Toronto, Ontario, Canada||Knockout of the Night.|
|Win||11–3||Leonard Garcia||Submission (twister)||UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis||March 26, 2011||2||4:59||Seattle, Washington, United States||Submission of the Night. 2011 Submission of the Year.|
|Loss||10–3||George Roop||KO (head kick)||WEC 51||September 30, 2010||2||1:30||Broomfield, Colorado, United States|
|Loss||10–2||Leonard Garcia||Decision (split)||WEC 48||April 24, 2010||3||5:00||Sacramento, California, United States||Fight of the Night. 2010 Fight of the Year.|
|Win||10–1||Matt Jaggers||Submission (triangle choke)||Sengoku 9||August 2, 2009||2||1:25||Saitama, Saitama, Japan||2009 Sengoku Featherweight Grand Prix Reserve Bout.|
|Loss||9–1||Masanori Kanehara||Decision (unanimous)||Sengoku 8||May 2, 2009||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||2009 Sengoku Featherweight Grand Prix Quarterfinals.|
|Win||9–0||Shintaro Ishiwatari||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Sengoku 7||March 20, 2009||1||4:29||Tokyo, Japan||2009 Sengoku Featherweight Grand Prix 1st Round. Featherweight debut.|
|Win||8–0||Fanjin Son||KO (punch)||Deep 39||December 10, 2008||1||0:17||Okayama, Japan|
|Win||7–0||Michihiro Omigawa||Decision (unanimous)||Deep 38||August 16, 2008||2||5:00||Okayama, Japan|
|Win||6–0||Jung-Hun Cho||Decision (unanimous)||KoreaFC||May 31, 2008||3||5:00||Gangwon, South Korea||Won Korea FC 65 kg Tournament.|
|Win||5–0||Dae-Han Choi||Submission (triangle choke)||KoreaFC||May 31, 2008||1||3:38||Gangwon, South Korea||Korea FC 65 kg Tournament Semifinal.|
|Win||4–0||Jung-Beom Choi||Submission (armbar)||KoreaFC||May 31, 2008||1||2:15||Gangwon, South Korea||Korea FC 65 kg Tournament Quarterfinal.|
|Win||3–0||Hyung-Geol Lee||TKO (punches)||Pancrase 87||January 27, 2008||1||3:27||Busan, South Korea||Won Pancrase Korea Neo-Blood Lightweight Tournament.|
|Win||2–0||In-Seok Yoo||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Pancrase 85||December 16, 2007||1||2:34||Busan, South Korea||Pancrase Korea Neo-Blood Lightweight Tournament Semifinal.|
|Win||1–0||Hyung-Geol Lee||Submission (armbar)||Pancrase 81||June 24, 2007||2||3:07||Gyeongju, South Korea||Pancrase Korea Neo-Blood Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal.|
- UFC Fighter Rankings
- "Sherdog Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings". sherdog.com. January 4, 2014.
- "Jung Chan Sung profile" (in Japanese). Sengoku-official.com. Retrieved 2009-03-20.
- "Sherdog Fight Finder". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2009-03-20.
- Loiseleur, Tony (2009-03-19). "Preview: Sengoku 7th Battle". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2009-03-20.
- "Sengoku 'Seventh Battle' Play-by-Play". Sherdog.com. 2009-03-20. Retrieved 2009-03-20.
- Sherdog.com. "Sengoku: Eighth Battle Fight Card". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2011-12-27.
- "8.2『戦極～第九陣～』全カード決定! 吉田は参戦見送り!!" (in Japanese). 2009-07-07. Retrieved 2009-07-07.
- "Sengoku 'Ninth Battle' Play-by-Play". Sherdog.com. 2009-07-02. Retrieved 2009-08-21.
- "WEC Signs "Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung to Six-Fight Deal". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2010-03-06.
- "Garcia replaces Swanson, meets Jung at WEC 48 on April 24". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2010-03-12.
- "WEC 48 Faber vs Aldo Results: Leonard Garcia and Chan Sung Jung Put On Fight of the Decade Marred by bad Decision for Garcia". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2010-04-25.
- Sherdog.com. "Story of the Year: Judging in MMA". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2011-12-27.
- "KOREAN ZOMBIE VS. ROOP ON TAP FOR WEC 51". mmaweekly.com. 2010-07-07.
- "Rani Yahya vs. "Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung at UFC Fight for the Troops 2". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2010-11-05.
- ""Korean Zombie" forced out of UFC Fight Night 23; Yahya awaiting replacement". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2011-01-07.
- "UFC Fight Night 24: Leonard Garcia vs Chan Sung Jung booked with Nam Phan injured". mmamania.com. March 16, 2011.
- "For UFC Fight Night 24's Jung, time was right for historic submission, instant pay raise". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2011-03-27.
- "Mark Hominick vs. Chan Sung Jung slated for UFC 140 in Toronto". mmajunkie.com. 2011-09-17. Retrieved 2011-09-17.
- "Dustin Poirier vs. Chan Sung Jung headlines UFC on Fuel TV 3 in Virginia". mmajunkie.com. February 10, 2012.
- "2012 Fight of the Year: Chan-Sung Jung vs. Dustin Poirier". mmafighting.com. December 21, 2012.
- Matt Erickson (2013-03-13). "Ricardo Lamas meets Chan Sung Jung at July's UFC 162 card in Las Vegas". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved March 13, 2013.
- Nate Wilcox (2013-06-14). "Anthony Pettis out of UFC 163 with injury, Can Sung Jung to face Jose Aldo". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2013-06-14.
- Franklin McNeil (2013-08-104). "Jose Aldo defeats Chan Sung Jung". espn.go.com.com. Retrieved 2013-08-04.
- Meltzer, Dave (January 26, 2011). "Biggest issue of the year: The 2011 Wrestling Observer Newsletter Awards Issue". Wrestling Observer Newsletter (Campbell, CA): 1–40. ISSN 1083-9593.
- Meltzer, Dave (January 23, 2013). "The 2012 Wrestling Observer Newsletter Annual Awards Issue". Wrestling Observer Newsletter (Campbell, California). ISSN 1083-9593.
- Official UFC Profile
- Professional MMA record for Chan Sung Jung from Sherdog
- Chan Sung Jung on Twitter
- Exclusive Interview with The Korean Zombie Chan Sung Jung on his WEC Debut.html
- The “Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung Talks Poirier, Main Events, Korean MMA & More!
- Greatest Korean Zombie submissions