Korean Zombie jumps into deep end after injury hiatus

Chan Sung Jung delivers a punch to Mark Hominick during UFC 140 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto...

Chan Sung Jung delivers a punch to Mark Hominick during UFC 140 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto December 10, 2011. (QMI Agency file photo)

NEIL SPRINGER, For QMI Agency

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It may have been a long road back to fighting form, but Chan Sung (The Korean Zombie) Jung isn’t worried about jumping straight into the featherweight deep end for his octagon return.

Known for his highlight-reel finishes and thrilling brawls, Jung appeared well on his way to achieving No. 1 contender status last year. Not only had he been steadily climbing the 145-pound ranks upon joining the UFC roster in 2011, he also etched his name in the history books along the way.

After becoming the first fighter in UFC history to finish an opponent (Leonard Garcia) via Twister submission, Jung tied the record for fastest KO, dispatching former title challenger Mark Hominick in only seven seconds. In his next outing, Jung submitted hot prospect Dustin Poirier in one of the best fights of 2012.

In only three UFC outings, the fan favourite earned four separate Fight Night bonuses, netting him $210,000 in bonus cash alone.


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