The Korean Zombie Says Retirement Depends On How Max Holloway Fight Goes

The Korean Zombie Chan Sung Jung hinted at possibly retiring after being left disappointed by his performance during a featherweight title loss to Alexander Volkanovski last year, but then changed his mind.

That’s led him to tomorrow’s headlining fight with Max Holloway at UFC Fight Night 225 in Singapore, but the 36-year-old admits that whether he continues on beyond that depends on how things go in the Octagon.

“I’m not really sure what’s going to happen,” Jung told reporters yesterday. “It’s very difficult for a fighter to acknowledge that one’s career has ended. I’ll have to see how well I fight in the octagon. I’ll have to assess myself on this fight, and then decide what’s going on next.”

Despite the uncertainty, TKZ makes it clear that he’s excited about having the opportunity to fight against one of the all-time featherweight greats in Holloway.

“I respect Max,” Zombie said. “He’s a living legend. He’s a legend in this division. I’ve fought three legends here in this division: I fought Jose Aldo, I fought Volkanovski. I respect Max, but just because I respect him does not mean I’m going to go easy on him. I expect to win this fight. I’m going to go hard on him.”

And of course, in true Korean Zombie fashion, that means he’s envisaging an all-out war between the two.

“I’ve wanted to fight Holloway forever.  Whenever I imagine me fighting Holloway, I also expect a slugfest to happen. Both fighters are going to be worn out to the very bottom, so it’s going to be a very fun fight.”

Ross launched MMA Insight (previously in 2009 as a way to channel his passion for the sport of mixed martial arts. He's since penned countless news stories and live fight reports along with dozens of feature articles as the lead writer for the site, reaching millions of fans in the process.