The Korean Zombie Chan Sung Jung is badass. I just got round to watching the UFC on Fuel fights last night and it was so worth going a whole day without the internet to avoid reading the results!
I have been a fan of his since the first Garcia fight. Probably because I felt he won the controversial decision which ended up going Garcia’s way in an epic slug fest. However, it was only when he entered the UFC and got revenge against Garcia by contorting his spine and neck in a gorgeous twister that I, like many others, started to think of him as less of a mid to lower tier gatekeeper and more of a developing fighter who has the potential to shake up a comparatively shallow weight division.
The fight had a little bit of back and forth due to the amount of shots that Jung took. However he lived up to his moniker and methodically walked through the explosiveness of Poirier by countering with great techniques, both on the ground and standing. He countered well, but it was when he stalked down Poirier that he was able to land most damage with great clinch work or trip take downs into dominant positions. DAMN I ENJOYED THAT FIGHT! It was made even better for me as I had predicted a fourth round submission for the Korean Zombie.
He was an underdog against Hominick and Poirier and finished them both in devastating fashion. He will be underdog against Aldo. Could he pull off what could end up being one of the biggest upsets of the year? I hope so.
Here are some highlights from the fight:
Gifs taken from Iron Forges Iron.
To promote the ‘new’ documentary FIGHTVILLE (which had concluded filming two years ago) as well as prepare for his upcoming fight with ‘The Korean Zombie’ Chan Sung Jung, Dustin Poirier decides to fight a rabble of zombies.
With Poirier’s recent triangle armbar combo win over Max Holloway and the creative grappling that the Korean Zombie possesses (TWISTER FTW) I hope we get to see some awesome matt work at UFC on Fuel TV 3 – an event which these fighters are headlining.
Chan Sung Jung is coming off of an 8 second KO of former title contender Mark Hominick and we want to see him continue his rise through the ranks. A finish over either opponent would likely mean a shot at Featherweight World Champion Jose Aldo.
Check out this picture of Jose Aldo celebrating his first round knockout over the previously undefeated Chad Mendes.
In case you haven’t seen it, Aldo gets the stoppage with one second left of the first round, then immediately sprints out of the cage and straight into the insanely hyperactive crowd. Security had to literally pull Aldo away from his adoring fans, in what has to be the most epic post fight celebration in MMA history.
With this latest impressive victory under his belt, Aldo is arguably the number 2 pound for pound fighter in MMA today. Along with light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones, Aldo represents a new breed of champion. One that has already reached the very highest echelon of technical and physical ability, yet still has over a decade left with which to cement his legacy. That, quite frankly, is a little scary.
This weekend is going to be awesome! UFC RIO has a card stacked with great fights. Hopefully Aldo returns to his devastating form.