Who is The Korean Zombie? Meet the UFC’s cult hero

UFC 273 will take place this weekend, with ‘The Korean Zombie’ taking on Australia’s Alexander Volkanovski for the UFC featherweight title in the main event. 

Sporting News takes a look at the UFC cult hero from South Korea.

Who is ‘The Korean Zombie’?

Jung “The Korean Zombie” Chan-sung is a South Korean professional mixed martial artist and kickboxer.

The South Korean made his professional debut in 2007, before joining the UFC in 2011.

He currently competes in the UFC’s featherweight division and has a chance to win the title at UFC 273.

Chan-sung previously fought for the title against featherweight legend Jose Aldo in 2013.

Due to mandatory military service in his homeland, he took two a two-year hiatus from the sport in 2014.

The 35-year-old has earned his nickname from his zombie-like ability to continue fighting aggressively, even after taking a significant blow.

He stands at 1.75cm (5ft 9in) tall, weighs 66kg, and has an orthodox stance.

The Korean Zombie’s last fight

Chan-sung’s last bout was a unanimous decision win over Dan Ige in June of last year.

It was an even fight between the South Korean and American, but ‘The Korean Zombie’ was given the victory, with the judges scoring 48-47, 49-46, and 49-46.

Almost ten months will have passed between this fight and his next bout against Volkanovski.

The Korean Zombie’s career record

‘The Korean Zombie’ has a 17-6-0 record in the UFC, winning three of his last four fights.

Eight of his career victories have come via submission, with six via KO/TKO and three via decision.

He notably became the first fighter in UFC history to finish with a Twister submission when he defeated Leonard Garcia in 2011.

How to watch Alex Volkanovski vs. The Korean Zombie

  • ESPN, Main Event, Kayo Sports at approx. 2:30 pm AEST 

The main card for UFC 273 is available in Australia on Main Event and Kayo Sports. 

Earlier fights are viewable live on ESPN. 

Purchase UFC 273 on Kayo here.

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