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The Korean Zombie reacts to last-second loss at UFC Denver: ‘I am embarrassed’

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

“The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung did it again on Saturday night, turning his fight with highly touted prospect Yair Rodriguez into an all out war that had fans on the edge of their seats. Unfortunately for Jung, he let a judge’s decision slip away from him with one second left when Rodriguez caught him with a crazy 6-12 elbow, knocking him out (watch it here).

Following the loss and a bill of relatively clean health from the hospital, Jung released this statement on his Facebook page.

“I have no excuse,” he wrote in Korean. “To everyone who has helped me, I’m truly sorry… thank you… to everyone who hates me, congratulations. I am not in a good enough condition to get on a plane so I will spend a few days in the hospital before going back to Korea. I am embarrassed, but I will see you when I get home.”

변명이 없네요.. 나를 도와주신 모든 분들에게 정말 미안하고..감사합니다..나를 싫어하시는 분들에겐 축하드리구요. 아직 비행기 탈 몸상태가 안된다해서 몇일 병원에 입원해있다 한국에 들어가게 됩니다. 부끄럽지만..돌아가서 찾아뵙겠습니다.

Posted by Chan Sung Jung on Sunday, November 11, 2018

Now let’s be clear here, I cannot read Korean so there’s some wiggle room in that quote. There are multiple English translations of Chan Sung Jung’s message floating around, and they’re all slightly unique. The most noteworthy difference? His last statement. Depending on who you ask, he said “It’s a shame” or “I’m ashamed” or “I am embarrassed.”

Embarrassed? How can a fighter feel embarrassed after such an amazing performance? I personally like “It’s a shame” because yeah, it is a shame you lost with 1 second left. It’s a shame that probably cost you some brain cells. It’s a shame your paycheck will be significantly lower due to the loss. But to feel ashamed or embarrassed? Hells no. That wasn’t embarrassing. That whole fight was awesome, and exactly the kind of performance that made “The Korean Zombie” a must-see commodity way back during his initial rise to fame in 2011.

Yep, it was that long ago. “The Korean Zombie” has only fought twice in the past five years. But now Chan Sung Jung is back. After three years of military service and a year and a half due to a knee injury, we get to see him again. There’s absolutely nothing embarrassing about his performances in any way. And it’d be a shame if he saw it any other way.

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