Read about the emotional retirement of renowned South Korean fighter, Jung Chan-sung, at the recent UFC Fight Night event. Max Holloway dedicates his victory to the victims of the Maui fires.
There was an outpouring of emotions at the recent Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Fight Night event held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The event marked the retirement of Jung Chan-sung, a highly acclaimed South Korean mixed martial arts fighter, after his defeat in the main event. Known by his nickname ‘The Korean Zombie’, the 36-year-old featherweight fighter fought back tears as he bid farewell to his 16-year professional fighting career.
In front of a crowd of 10,263 fans, Jung expressed his gratitude for the overwhelming support he received throughout his career. He had always aspired to become a champion since he first started in the sport. Determined to achieve greatness, he stated, ‘I’m not here to be ranked third, fourth or fifth.’ Removing his gloves in a symbolic gesture, Jung announced his retirement, saying, ‘I don’t think I have the opportunity anymore, so I think I’m going to stop right now.’
The main event showcased a thrilling battle between Jung and Max Holloway, a 31-year-old Hawaiian native. Holloway, a former UFC interim featherweight champion and top-ranked American, dedicated his victory to the victims of the recent Maui fires. The fight was intense, with Holloway dominating the match. In the second round, he managed to knock Jung to the floor and put him in a chokehold. Ultimately, Holloway sealed the victory with a powerful right punch just 23 seconds into the third round.
Reflecting on his win, Holloway expressed his admiration for Jung, acknowledging his opponent’s reputation as a ‘crazy zombie’ and a true legend in the sport. Holloway’s right hand landed before Jung’s, securing his triumph. He paid tribute to the spirit of Lahaina, Maui, which had been with him throughout the past two weeks, fueling his emotions and determination.
The retirement of Jung Chan-sung marks the end of an era in the world of mixed martial arts. His dedication, skill, and passion have left an indelible mark on the sport. As fans bid farewell to ‘The Korean Zombie’, they will forever remember his contributions to the UFC.