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The Korean Zombie Confirms His Return To MMA, Calls Out His Preferred Opponent

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 5: General view of MGM Grand Garden Arena during UFC 196 on March 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

Chan Sung Jung, best known as ‘The Korean Zombie’, has announced his intention to return to the UFC after just over three years away from MMA. His first move was to call out the man he wants to face in his return bout – UFC legend and former two division world champion B.J. Penn.

Speaking in a video posted on the MonsterZYM Facebook page, Jung spoke about wanting to face off against the Hawaiian.

“For the past six months, there’s a fighter that I’ve been wanting to fight, B.J. Penn. When the B.J. Penn VS Lamas fight was announced, I thought I missed my chance. But, then I heard that B.J. Penn had a rib injury, so I kind of felt like maybe it was an opportunity for me. It would be great timing if B.J. Penn and I were ready to come back at the same time.”

After Penn’s recent injury, Ricardo Lamas has been rescheduled to face Charles Oliveira on November 5 at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale, leaving the way open for Jung. It would offer The Korean Zombie a chance to get a signature win against a household name in MMA and it also makes sense to return against another fighter who has had a long lay-off period. Penn last fought in July of 2014 and Jung believes it’s the perfect fight for his return.

“Since he was at lightweight before, I never really thought about fighting him that much. But when he came down to featherweight, I would think that all of the fighters in the division would have liked to fight him. I’m one of them. Since I’m making my comeback, and B.J. is going to be coming back as well, I’d really like a chance to fight him.”

It was August 3, 2013 at UFC 163 when Jung last made the walk to the octagon, losing out in a featherweight title fight to Jose Aldo after dislocating his shoulder in the fourth round. Afterwards he took time away from the UFC to fulfil his mandatory service in the South Korean military.

The Korean Zombie is the quintessential fan favourite. Known for being one of the most exciting fighters in the history of the sport, his record proves it. In 2010, he went three action-packed rounds with Leonard Garcia at WEC 48 in the consensus fight of the year. With Zuffa’s purchase of the WEC, Jung made his UFC debut in 2011, again against Garcia. This time finishing the American via Twister submission – the first and only UFC win by Twister to this day – he was awarded submission of the year.

Next up he faced Mark Hominick and equaled the UFC record for fastest knockout at seven seconds. In 2012 he faced rising star Dustin Poirier in a back and forth war, winning the bout via D’Arce choke in the fourth round, earning fight of the year and submission of the year in the process.

Speaking about his comeback, Jung has indicated that he hopes for more of the same as he makes his long-awaited return to the octagon.

“It seemed like a really long time. A lot of fans have told me that, and it feels like it was a really long time to me, too. Now that I’m back in the UFC, I’ll try to put on even more exciting fights that the fans can get really excited about.”

Philip Hanna, Pundit Arena

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