Chan Sung Jung (a.k.a. “The Korean Zombie”) will take on Frankie Edgar in the main event of UFC Fight Night 165 (UFC on ESPN+ 23) this Saturday night (Dec. 21, 2019) in Busan, South Korea. The revamped Featherweight bout came to be after Brian Ortega — Jung’s original foe — was forced out with a partial ACL tear (details here and here).
Edgar and Jung were originally set to face off in the main event of UFC Fight Night 139 in Nov. 2018 before “The Answer” was forced out of the match up with an injury.
Before the two scrappy 145 pounders duke it out in the center of the Octagon, let’s take a look back at one of Jung’s most memorable performances. Back in Feb. 2017, “The Korean Zombie” found himself locked inside the UFC cage for the first time in a long time after a four-year break to serve his mandated military duties for his native South Korea.
He was also mending injuries during his extended hiatus.
But once “The Korean Zombie” stepped foot inside the Octagon to face Dennis Bermudez, he didn’t skip a beat. Both fighters were content with playing out the feeling out game to start, firing off jabs and leg kicks here and there to gauge distance.
Jung, of course, can only stay idle for so long as he as he was the clear aggressor trying to get the action going. Still, his strikes were all calculated, never rushing into throw anything wild that would cost him.
Two minutes in, Jung found a good opening and clipped Bermudez with clean uppercut that dropped him like a sack of potatoes. Being one of the best finishers in the game, “The Korean Zombie” pounced on his fallen foe to deliver the coup de grace.
Now, Jung will look for another impressive showing against “The Answer” in his homeland in an attempt to impress the powers that be to give him another crack at the 145-pound title, which is now in the hands of a new champion.