Dana White: Korean Zombie’s win at UFC Fight Night 104 ‘sealed the deal’ for UFC’s return to Korea

By Shaun Al-Shatti

Chan Sung Jung sent a thunderous reminder to the rest of the UFC featherweight division on Saturday night, knocking out Dennis Bermudez with a scorching right uppercut to score a much-needed first-round finish at UFC Fight Night 104.

The performance signaled an end to Jung’s near four-year layoff from fighting due to mandatory military service requirements in his native South Korea. And after such resounding comeback win, “The Korean Zombie” is firmly back on the radar of the UFC brass.

“I don’t know if anybody in the history of the fight game has come back after a three-plus year layoff and looked as good as he did tonight,” UFC president Dana White said on the FOX Sports 1 post-fight show.

“Very impressive, and he pumped some excitement into UFC Korea. (UFC Owner) Ari (Emanuel) and I have been talking about going to Korea, so I think tonight he sealed the deal.”

At the time of his UFC departure, Jung, 29, was considered one of the top contenders in the featherweight division. A trio of victories in 2011-12 over the likes of Leonard Garcia, Dustin Poirier, and Mark Hominick carried Jung into an unsuccessful bid for the 145-pound title against Jose Aldo, but Jung then found himself stuck on the sidelines for several ensuing years in order to fulfill the mandatory military service required of male South Koreans.

Over that time, the landscape of the UFC featherweight ranks changed dramatically with the rise of a new crop of young talent led by Conor McGregor, all while Jung was forced to sit and watch the division move on without him.

The UFC also held its first show ever in South Korea in Jung’s absence — UFC Fight Night 79 in Nov. 2015 — and Jung admitted this week to MMA Fighting that it was “really, really tough” to watch his countrymen compete without being able to step into the cage himself.

But that situation has now changed, and it took less than three minutes at UFC Fight Night 104 for “The Korean Zombie” to remind the UFC why he was once such a feared featherweight.

“Let me tell you what, Dennis Bermudez is as nasty a fighter as you will ever face, and he came in tonight with all the advantages. And the Zombie, he performed again,” White said. “This guy is phenomenal athlete. He’s a great fighter. And man, is he a finisher.”

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Angela Hill believes she’s now in UFC for long haul, wants ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone-like turnaround

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HOUSTON – Angela Hill talks to the media about her decision loss to Jessica Andrade at UFC Fight Night 104, her experience being back in the UFC, wanting to fight a top-10 fighter next, and much more.

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Felice Herrig hopes UFC ‘does the right thing’ and gives her VanZant or Waterson

By Steven Marrocco

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HOUSTON – The way UFC women’s strawweight Felice Herrig sees the situation, the promotion kind of owes her one when it comes to her next fight.

“I would hope the UFC would do the right thing and give me either Paige or Michelle Waterson,” Herrig (12-6 MMA, 3-1 UFC) told MMAjunkie after her upset over Alexa Grasso (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in the co-headliner of UFC Fight Night 104. “I wasn’t vocal about it, but I was offered the Waterson fight (at UFC on FOX 23), and I accepted it, and then two weeks later, I had it taken away from me and given to Paige.”

UFC Fight Night 104 took place Saturday at Toyota Center in Houston. The event’s main card aired live on FS1 after prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight pass.

Paige VanZant, who outpointed Herrig in her second octagon appearance, was choked out by Waterson at the FOX-televised event this past December, bringing the starlet her second octagon setback. That would make Waterson the better career choice, though Herrig would gladly take VanZant for the purpose of exacting revenge.

Herrig said she’s been gunning for Waterson, a former Invicta FC atomweight champ, since they both appeared on the reality show “Fight Girls.”

“I’ve been trying to fight her in a muay Thai fight ever since then,” Herrig said. “When I call these people out, it’s not in a disrespectful way. I feel really confident in myself again, and I would like to climb the ranks.”

After outpointing the undefeated Grasso, Herrig is due for a move up the ranks. A sizable underdog headed into the fight, she outworked Grasso in striking, a range most expected her to avoid in favor of the grappling. A unanimous decision gave her a second straight UFC win after a 15-month layoff she took to clear her head and refocus her efforts.

“In my mind, I knew I wasn’t the underdog, and anyone who was around me knew that I wasn’t the underdog,” Herrig said of her win. “I think I had one bad performance, which clearly I’ve come back from.”

Herrig it took hitting “rock bottom” with a unanimous decision loss to VanZant to turn her career around and change the way she approached fighting. Against Grasso, her extensive appearance showed as an asset and not a liability.

“I think sometimes the veterans get overlooked because we’re not these young, up-and-coming fighters that you can market,” Herrig said. “So we get left behind and forgotten about, and I wanted to prove, hey, I’m here. I never went anywhere.”

Taking out the No. 6 ranked fighter in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA women’s strawweight rankings certainly showed that.

“This fight is definitely more satisfying because Grasso was an up-and-comer and I was a 3-1 underdog, and I know she was supposed to beat me, and I got to be the one to stop the undefeated girl,” the unranked Herrig said. “It feels pretty nice.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 104, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 104’s Chan Sung Jung: ‘I think this fight has put me back in the game’

By Steven Marrocco

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HOUSTON – Onetime UFC featherweight title challenger Chan Sung Jung fought back tears when he thought about his journey back to the octagon after four years off.

Jung, whose military service in his native South Korea took him away from active competition, admitted he wondered whether he would bounce back after so long away from the game.

“I’m human too, so there were times when I thought, can I keep up with the game, can I keep developing my techniques? Now, I feel like I’m about to cry,” Jung (14-4 MMA, 4-1 UFC) told MMAjunkie through a translator after his stunning first-round knockout of Dennis Bermudez (16-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) in the FS1-televised headliner of UFC Fight Night 104 at Toyota Center in Houston.

Jung obviously kept up quite well after his extended layoff, though he didn’t expect things to go as well as they did against Bermudez. He said he expected to spend a lot of his time fighting off his opponent’s wrestling, and he thought the fight would go longer.

“I’ve changed the way I think about the game of fighting, so I was actually expecting and planning for a five-round decision,” Jung said. “But I thought if I can catch the knockout or submission, even better.”

After getting stung by several shots from Bermudez, he landed an uppercut that sent “The Ultimate Fighter 14” veteran to the canvas in the first round. It was Jung’s first win since a failed bid for the featherweight belt against champ Jose Aldo in 2013.

“It feels really, really good, and I want to thank all the people that stood by me during that time off,” Jung said.

Now, the question is what comes next for the 29-year-old South Korean. With a win over the No. 12 fighter in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings, and Aldo (26-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC) back at the top of the division after the promotion stripped Conor McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC), Jung is well positioned to get another crack at the belt.

At this point, he isn’t calling out anyone out. But that might change soon.

“My goal is always to be the champion, and I think this fight has put me back in the game,” Jung said.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 104, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 104 video highlights: Chan Sung Jung vs. Dennis Bermudez

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“The Korean Zombie” is back.

With a stunning first-round upset knockout of Dennis Bermudez (16-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) after three and a half years away from the sport, Chan Sung Jung (14-4 MMA, 4-1 UFC) reinserted himself right into the UFC’s featherweight contender conversation.

The featherweight fight headlined UFC Fight Night 104, which took place Saturday at Toyota Center in Houston. The card aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Check out the highlights of Jung’s victory above.

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UFC Fight Night 104 video highlights: Felice Herrig vs. Alexa Grasso

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Felice Herrig thought she was being overlooked going into her fight with Alexa Grasso. She took care of that fairly decisively.

Herrig (12-6 MMA, 3-1 UFC) took a unanimous decision from Grasso (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in the UFC Fight Night 104 co-main event, handing the up-and-coming fighter her first pro loss.

The women’s strawweight fight was part of UFC Fight Night 104, which took place Saturday at Toyota Center in Houston. The card aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Check out the highlights of Herrig’s victory above.

And for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 104, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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