Chan Sung Jung

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Chan Sung Jung
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Jung in July 2013
Born (1987-03-17) March 17, 1987 (age 27)
Pohang, South Korea
Other names The Korean Zombie
Nationality South Korean
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 145 lb (66 kg)
Division Featherweight, Lightweight
Reach 72.0 in (183 cm)
Fighting out of Pohang, South Korea
Team Korean Zombie MMA
Rank Black belt in Hapkido
Black belt in Tae Kwon Do
Green belt in Judo
Blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Kickboxing record
Total 21
Wins 15
By knockout 11
Losses 6
Mixed martial arts record
Total 17
Wins 13
By knockout 3
By submission 8
By decision 2
Losses 4
By knockout 2
By decision 2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: September 23, 2013
Korean name
Hangul 정찬성
Hanja
Revised Romanization Jeong Chan-seong
McCune–Reischauer Chŏng Ch‘an-sŏng

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 [1] and ranked the #8 Featherweight in the world by Sherdog.[2]

Background[edit]

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 origins, he was bullied constantly by his classmates and got into many fights as a result. When his aunt could no longer stand to see Jung's predicament, she took him to a nearby Hapkido gym when he was 15 years old. Jung trained in kickboxing until his junior year of high school. Later he also began training in judo and Brazilian jiu jitsu.

At the age of 18, Jung joined a Tae Kwon Do and boxing gym after joining to South Korean armed forces.[3] 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.[3][4]At age of 20, Jung began mixed martial arts. In May 2008, he participated in and won KOREA-FC's 8-man MMA tournament in the 65 kg division.[3] 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). At the age of 20, Jung was introduced to mixed martial arts, and made his professional debut soon after.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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.

On August 16, 2008, he defeated Michihiro Omigawa at Deep: Gladiator via unanimous decision. His next fight was against Fanjin Son at Deep: 39 Impact where he won via knockout in 17 seconds.[4]

Sengoku[edit]

Jung then entered the 2009 Sengoku Featherweight Grand-Prix and was matched up with Shintaro Ishiwatari in his first-round fight at Sengoku 7.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]

World Extreme Cagefighting[edit]

Chan Sung Jung then signed with World Extreme Cagefighting.[10] He made his American and WEC debut against Leonard Garcia (who replaced injured opponent Cub Swanson) on April 24, 2010 at WEC 48[11] 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.[12][13] 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.[14] 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[edit]

Jung was expected to face Rani Yahya on January 22, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 23.[15] However, Jung was forced from the card with an injury.[16]

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.[17] 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.[18] In his post-fight interview, Jung stated he learned the move by watching Eddie Bravo videos on YouTube.[18]

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.[19] 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.[20] 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.[21]

Jung was expected to face Ricardo Lamas on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162.[22] 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.[23] 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.[24]

Jung was expected to face Akira Corassani on October 4, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 53.[25] However, Jung pulled out of the bout citing another injury[26] and was replaced by Max Holloway.[27]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • KoreaFC
    • Korea FC 65 kg Tournament Winner

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 13–4 José Aldo TKO (punches) UFC 163 August 3, 2013 4 2:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil For the UFC Featherweight Championship.
Win 13–3 Dustin Poirier 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; 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, 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.
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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ UFC Fighter Rankings
  2. ^ "Sherdog Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings". sherdog.com. January 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Jung Chan Sung profile" (in Japanese). Sengoku-official.com. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  4. ^ a b "Sherdog Fight Finder". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  5. ^ Loiseleur, Tony (2009-03-19). "Preview: Sengoku 7th Battle". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  6. ^ "Sengoku 'Seventh Battle' Play-by-Play". Sherdog.com. 2009-03-20. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  7. ^ Sherdog.com. "Sengoku: Eighth Battle Fight Card". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2011-12-27. 
  8. ^ "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. 
  9. ^ "Sengoku 'Ninth Battle' Play-by-Play". Sherdog.com. 2009-07-02. Retrieved 2009-08-21. 
  10. ^ "WEC Signs "Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung to Six-Fight Deal". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  11. ^ "Garcia replaces Swanson, meets Jung at WEC 48 on April 24". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  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. 
  13. ^ Sherdog.com. "Story of the Year: Judging in MMA". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2011-12-27. 
  14. ^ "KOREAN ZOMBIE VS. ROOP ON TAP FOR WEC 51". mmaweekly.com. 2010-07-07. 
  15. ^ "Rani Yahya vs. "Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung at UFC Fight for the Troops 2". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2010-11-05. 
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  19. ^ "Mark Hominick vs. Chan Sung Jung slated for UFC 140 in Toronto". mmajunkie.com. 2011-09-17. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  20. ^ "Dustin Poirier vs. Chan Sung Jung headlines UFC on Fuel TV 3 in Virginia". mmajunkie.com. February 10, 2012. 
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