‘The Korean Zombie’ Chan Sung Jung won over the hardcore fanbase, to a one, back in 2010, and then it spread:
•Lost to Leonard Garcia via Split Decision at WEC 48 April 24, 2010, winning the Fight of the Night and the Fight of the Year.
•Tapped Leonard Garcia via first time ever in the UFC Twister at UFC Fight Night 24winning the Submission of the Night and the Submission of the Year.
•Knocked out Mark Hominick in 7 seconds at UFC 140 on December 10, 2011 winning the Knockout of the Night, and tying the record for fastest UFC KO.
•Submitted Dustin Poirier via D’Arce choke at UFC on Fuel TV 3 on May 15, 2012 winning Fight of the Night, Submission of the Night, Fight of the Year, and Submission of the Year.
•Lost a title shot to UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo via TKO after Jung suffered a dislocated shoulder throwing an overhand right at UFC 163 on August 3, 2013.
Then Jung was injured and fulfilled the two years of military service that is mandatory for all males in South Korea. At the time, he said that the two years would extend his career, giving him time to heal and improve. Most people don’t think of joining the ROK army as a time to heal, but Chan Sung Jung is not most people.
Now, he’s back home in the Octagon. The announcement came via Facbook.
“For the past six months, there’s a fighter that I’ve been wanting to fight – B.J. Penn,” said Jung, as transcribed by Shaun Al-Shatti for MMA Fighting. “When the B.J. Penn – Lamas fight was announced, I thought I missed my chance. But, then I heard that B.J. Penn had a rib injury, so I kind of felt like maybe it was an opportunity for me. It would be great timing if B.J. Penn and I were ready to come back at the same time.
“Since he was at lightweight before, I never really thought about fighting him that much. But when he came down to featherweight, I would think that all of the fighters in the division would have liked to fight him. I’m one of them. Since I’m making my comeback, and B.J. is going to be coming back as well, I’d really like a chance to fight him.”
“I’m moving from my twenties to my thirties, from a youth to an old man. I became a father. A lot of things have changed, so things seem very new to me. It feels like it’s a new beginning. I have to do my best and I think I’ll do well. I need to work even harder now. I don’t think there’s really any more to say than that. I just hope that the fans keep their eyes on me.
“It seemed like a really long time. A lot of fans have told me that, and it feels like it was a really long time to me, too. Now that I’m back in the UFC, I’ll try to put on even more exciting fights that the fans can get really excited about.”