February 2, 2017

UFC Fight Night 104: Why You Should Be Excited For the Korean Zombie's Return

By Adam Martin

One of the most exciting fighters in the UFC finally returns to the Octagon this weekend, when "The Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung comes back from a three-year layoff to fight Dennis Bermudez  in the main event of UFC Fight Night 104. Jung, who is now 29 years old, has not competed since blowing out his shoulder and losing via injury TKO to UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo back at UFC 163 in August 2013. That's a long time ago, and since then Jung has been out rehabbing his injury as well as completing the mandatory military service requirement in his native South Korea.

But now he's back, and the MMA world can rejoice, because one of the sport's must-watch fighters is back, and back for good this time.

Prior to the Aldo loss, Jung had put together an epic three-fight win streak that included a huge upset D'arce choke submission victory at UFC on FUEL TV 3 over Dustin Poirier, who was looking like a real featherweight contender at the time; a seven-second knockout at UFC 129 over Mark Hominick, who had just fought an epic fight with Aldo at UFC 129; and arguably the greatest submission in UFC history, his twister over Leonard Garcia at UFC Fight Night 24, which is still the only twister in UFC history. It was truly one of the best stretches of fights in UFC history.

But even prior to his UFC fights, Jung had shown the MMA world he was an exciting fighter, as he earned the "Fight of the Year" in 2010 for his absolute war with Leonard Garcia at WEC 48, which was one of the best fights in WEC history. And even though he got knocked out with a head kick by George Roop at WEC 51, that fight was exciting as hell too.

And then if you look back even further at his pre-Zuffa fights in Pancrase, DEEP, and Sengoku, where he was 11-1 with nine finishes, you could see the signs that this fighter could be special. Of course, you have to give a lot of credit to former WEC matchmaker/current UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby for signing him. It was an amazing signing and Jung has proven over the years to be a great find for the UFC.

Now he returns, and he takes on Bermudez at UFC Fight Night 104. Bermudez is a top-10 featherweight and he's on a two-fight win streak, so this isn't an easy fight for Jung, but it's a fight that Jung can win. He's a special talent who can finish opponents in many different fashions, and in a five-round fight, Jung will have plenty of opportunities to do so, making this a very intriguing matchup and a very exciting main event the night before the Super Bowl.

If he can score a big win over Bermudez, it will be interesting to see who Jung is matched up with next. It's clear he's someone the UFC believes can be a star for the company going forward, and for good reason, as he has both an exciting fighting style plus an awesome nickname. Potential fights against fighters like Cub Swanson, Doo Ho Choi, and Ricardo Lamas are extremely exciting on paper, and with an impressive with over Bermudez, Jung would be entitled to one of them. Regardless who he fights next, it's just nice to have The Korean Zombie back in action, as the UFC is a lot more exciting with him.


UFC Fight Night 104: Bermudez vs. Korean Zombie takes place February 4, 2017 at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

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