After four years away serving in the South Korean military, “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung returned to the octagon in impressive fashion with a knockout victory over Dennis Bermudez.
Following the fight, Jung spoke with MMAJunkie and admitted he was uncertain about how he would perform after such a long hiatus. “I’m human too, so there were times when I thought, ‘Can I keep up with the game, can I keep developing my techniques?'” Zombie said. “Now, I feel like I’m about to cry.”
Jung said he was surprised that he was able to dispose of Bermudez in the first round, as he expected a long and drawn out fight. “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.”
He thanked all of his supporters and said he believes this victory has put him back on the map. “It feels really, really good, and I want to thank all the people sho stood by me during that time off,” Jung said. “My goal is always to be the champion, and I think this fight has put me back in the game.”
With the win Jung improves to 15-4.
Cervantes Analysis: It was obviously a very emotional moment for Jung after so many years away from the sport and I think a lot of people wondered how we would fare against a seasoned fighter like Bermudez. He silenced all his doubters last night with that devastating uppercut and I think that victory put him near the top ten in the division. There are a lot of intriguing fights for him at featherweight and I’d like to see him fight either Yair Rodriguez or Charles Oliveira in his next outing.