Chan Sung Jung’s victory opens the door for UFC Korea

Chan Sung Jung’s victory opens the door for UFC Korea

Last night in Houston, “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung came back from a more than 3-year layoff to restake his claim as a serious featherweight contender.

Jung dropped #9 ranked Dennis Bermudez in the first round, en route to a big KO victory. With one nasty uppercut, the Zombie announced he was back.

Prior to taking a hiatus from the octagon for mandatory military service in South Korea, Jung was a fan favorite. When he entered the arena last night it appeared as if time made the heart grown fonder. The place was rocking with Korean flags, painted faces, and Korean Zombie t-shirts all over the arena.

With his win, it’s only natural to talk about the UFC’s return to South Korea. Dana White confirmed during a post-fight interview, that UFC Korea is indeed in the cards.

“He pumped some excitement into UFC Korea. Ari [Emanuel] and I have been talking about going to Korea, so I think tonight he sealed the deal.”

Jung (14-4) isn’t the UFC’s only Korean star. Dong Hyun Kim and Doo Ho Choi are two of the promotion’s most notable fighters. Choi was recently in a “Fight of the Year” battle at UFC 206 with Cub Swanson that was replayed on FOX on Christmas eve, bringing in close to 5 million viewers, putting Choi in the main stream eye.

UFC Fight Night 79 was the company’s first event to be held in South Korea and featured Benson Henderson versus Jorge Masvidal in the main event. Both Kim and Choi were on that card as well.

There is no word as of yet when the UFC might be targeting a return to South Korea. But it might be safe to say they just found at least one half of the main event.