“Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung is coming off a solid win over rising contender Dan Ige at UFC Vegas 29 (watch highlights), one that saw Jung win a five-round decision on the judges’ scorecards (48-47, 49-46, and 49-46). As far as “Korean Zombie” fights go, it was a bit conservative, but Jung needed the win to stay within striking distance of the 145-pound belt and got the job done.
Of course, not everyone is as understanding when it comes to his performance. In a new video on Jung’s very entertaining YouTube channel, he addresses the haters who seem to come out of the woodwork no matter how his fights go.
“I just don’t understand,” he said. “I realized no matter how hard I fight, there will always be people that continue to hate. It doesn’t matter what I do. Win or lose, there are always going to be haters. I’m no longer going to work hard for them since they’ll never change their opinions about me, but instead, I’m going to continue working hard for the people who actually support me.”
But, coming off that brutal loss to Brian Ortega back in Oct. 2020 (watch it), Jung has a new appreciation for real fans who are there through thick and thin.
“It really doesn’t matter who’s fighting who, everyone loves a winner,” he said. “And if there is a winner, that must mean that there is someone who lost as well. I am amazed by everyone in the UFC, but not everyone might see it the way that I do. Yes, winning is a big deal, but it would mean a lot if you could support the fighters who did not get a chance to win.”
One of the big factors in Jung returning to his winning ways was coming to the United States and working with coach Eric Albarracin, whose other pupils include Henry Cejudo and Patricio “Pitbull” Freire, among others.
“I used to be very nervous when I first entered the arena, but now that I’m viewing it from a different perspective, I now understand that I have nothing to be nervous about. I’ve worked my butt off and spent countless days training for this moment. Why should I be nervous? That really helped me calm my nerves before the fight.
“Captain Eric Albarracin made every training session seem like the real deal,” Jung continued. “From entering Fight Ready to sparring, he made it seem like a real fight. I wasn’t able to tell the difference and it’s all thanks to him. For weeks, I prepared for this very exact moment and that’s when I realized that I had absolutely nothing to be afraid of. All I had to do was fight and spar like I had trained. It was fascinating. I want to continue training with Fight Ready so I’ll be coming to the U.S. more often.”