South Korean mixed martial artist Chung Chan-sung, 36, known as the “Korean Zombie,” announced his retirement on Sunday. His daughter comforted him in a diary, saying he was “fine.”
“Why are you so big,” he wrote on his Instagram, along with a photo of his daughter’s diary. Jung has two daughters and one son with his wife, Park Sun-young, 39.
“Mommy and Daddy are coming today,” his daughter wrote, “so I made a crown, a necklace, and balloons.” “In yesterday’s match, even though (my dad) lost, I thought I would lose in the second round, but I went to the third round,” he said. “But my first interview (was) ‘I don’t want to do this anymore,'” he said, adding, “It’s okay!!!”
“I can go out with my dad, I can go to the amusement park,” she said, adding, “That’s enough for me.” “I have to surprise (my mom and dad) anyway,” she said.
In a UFC featherweight bout at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, Chan Sung Jung lost by third-round TKO. His opponent was Max Holloway (31, USA), the current No. 1 featherweight contender. “I’m done,” Chung said in a shaky voice as he was handed a microphone after the fight. After the interview, Chung took off his gloves and placed them in the octagon, where he bowed deeply, his shoulders heaving, and couldn’t stand up for a while. He was overcome with emotion and broke down in tears.
“I haven’t accomplished everything, but I’ve accomplished enough, and I’m going to stop because it’s greedy to ask for more in my state of mind,” Chung said on Instagram, adding, “I feel like I’ve received undeserved love compared to what I’ve done, so I’m grateful to everyone.” “I don’t know what I’m going to do next, but I’m going to do my best, and I’m going to do it with my heart,” he said, adding, “Thank you so much for loving Korean Zombie.”
In the 16 years since he entered the mixed martial arts scene in 2007, Chan Sung Jung has made his mark on the history of the sport in South Korea. He’s had two UFC featherweight title fights. Although he lost both times, he is the only Korean fighter to have ever fought for a UFC title.
Before his fight with Holloway, Chung said, “I have so many aches and pains. I’m getting older, so I can’t help it,” but he also said, “I’m a fighter who has to overcome this.” In 2020, he underwent eye surgery for double vision. 먹튀검증
Calling Chung “someone I’ve always wanted to fight,” Hollaway threw down the gauntlet and showed his respect for Chung after the match. “Honored to share the Octagon with the Korean Zombie,” Hollaway wrote on Instagram after the fight, calling him “a man, a myth, a legend.” “I watched with humility and respect as he held his own in the cage like a true martial artist,” Holloway said, adding, “Thank you for paving the way.”