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Chan Sung Jung

Chan Sung Jung

Nationality :Korean
Date Of Birth :March 17, 1987
Height :5 feet 9 inches
Weight :66 kg

Chan Sung Jung “The Korean War” Jung is the current #4 ranked UFC Featherweight Fighter with a professional MMA record of 17 wins and 6 losses. Jung won the Pancrase Korea Neo-Blood Lightweight Tournament and has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Taekwondo, Hapkido, and Judo.

QUICK FACTS

Full NameChan Sung Jung (Korean: 정찬성)
Date of BirthMarch 17, 1987
BirthplacePohang, South Korea
Nick NameThe Korean Zombie
ReligionChristianity
NationalitySouth Korean
EthnicityAsian
Zodiac SignPisces
Age36 Years Old
Height5 ft 9.5 in (1.77 m)
Weight145 lb (66 kg)

Chan Sung Jung Biography, EarlyLife

Chan Sung Jung was born on March 17, 1987, in Pohang, South Korea, as a Pisces. Not to mention his miserable childhood, which caused him to grow up introverted and lonely.

As I take you to his birthday, you should know that his hometown is a port famed for steelyards and shipbuilding, and he has no single siblings.

Moving on, his parents were always working, thus he was deprived of their attention.

What’s more, he grew up with other people’s families till the age of seven, and because he didn’t get enough quality time with his own, he assumed they (the family he grew up with) were his parents.

Chan Sung Jung’s father used to work in the steel industry, mostly carrying objects out of hot ovens because he wasn’t a particularly strong person.

Meanwhile, his mother worked in a clothing company she owned in the city of Daegu, thus they were living apart.

While all of this may appear dismal to us, it is extremely normal in Korea because people prioritize jobs the most.

Chan Sung Jung later returned to live with his family at the age of eight, he was always the shy, loner kid with low self-confidence, which is why he never had many friends throughout middle school.

Overall, studying in Nam Yam Ju was difficult. He was from a distant location and was reclusive, which made him an outcast in school, and he was frequently bullied.

Chan Sung Jung Education

His educational history is not published because he has not yet given it to the public. However, this detailed information is currently being reviewed and will be updated soon.

Chan Sung Jung’s Height, And Weight

Chan Sung Jung is a medium-sized man who stands at 5 ft 9.5 in (1.77 m) and weighs 145 lb (66 kg).

Similarly, the warrior trains out and eats healthily every day. He consumes a lot of protein and nutrient-dense foods.

However, following his terrible loss against Brian Ortega, he gained 20 kgs due to overeating. Furthermore, he believed his career had ended, and the setback hurt his mental health.

Nonetheless, the Korean Zombie got back on his feet and began his healing process by speaking with a psychiatrist. Following that, he resumed his training and appeared to be in good shape in his recent fight against Dan Ige.

Chan Sung Jung is also a slim, fair-skinned man with short black hair and eyes the same color as his hair. He also has an oval face, chinky eyes, and a big smile.

Career

Chan Sung Jung started his MMA journey at 14 when he started learning kickboxing and later judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He added Taekwondo to his training regiment at age 18 and won a National Sambo Tournament in 2007.

Jung transitioned to MMA in the same year and made his professional MMA debut at SSF against Hyung Geol Lee. Jung won the fight via second-round armbar submission.

He then joined the 2007 Pancrase Korea Neo Blood Tour and defeated In-Seok via submission in the semifinals and Hyung-Geol Lee in the final via TKO to win the tournament. Jung built on this momentum as he entered the Korea FC 65Kg Tournament in 2008. Chan dominated the tournament as he submitted Jung Beom Choi and Dae-Han Choi in the quarter and semifinal to get a final-round berth where he defeated Jung-Hun Cho via unanimous decision to win the tournament.

Jung won his next 2-fights at Deep before entering the 2009 Sengoku Featherweight Grand Prix. He won the first round via unanimous decision but lost in the quarterfinals to Masanori Kanehara via unanimous decision. This was the first loss in his career. He bounced back and defeated Matt Jaggers via second-round submission in the Reserve bout.

Following the tournament, Chan signed with WEC and made his debut at WEC-48, where he lost a close split decision to Leonard Garcia. He lost his next fight at WEC 51 to George Roop via second-round KO(head kick). After the losses, Chan joined the UFC as they bought out WEC.

Chan Sung Jung UFC

Chan Sung Jung made his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis in a WEC rematch against Leonard Garcia. This time Chan got the better of Garcia and submitted him in the second round via twister with only 1-second left on the round-clock to get the submission of the night bonus. He next fought Mark Hominick at UFC 140 and KO’ed him in 7 seconds to get the knockout of the night bonus.

Jung fought Dustin Poirier at UFC on Fuel TV: The Korean Zombie vs. Poirier in Jung’s first main-event fight. The fighters put on a back-and-forth brawl that ended with Jung putting Poirier to sleep with a D’Arce choke.

Chan next challenged Jose Aldo for the UFC Featherweight Championship as a replacement for Anthony Pettis. Jung suffered a dislocated shoulder during the fight and lost in the fourth round via TKO.

Chan went on a 2-year hiatus from the sport to complete his mandatory military service and returned in 2017 to fight Dennis Bermudez at UFC Fight Night: Bermudez vs. The Korean Zombie. Jung knocked out Bermudez in the first round to earn the performance of the night bonus.

He next fought Yair Rodriguez at UFC Fight Night: The Korean Zombie vs. Rodriguez in a fight of the year contender bout that ended with Yair KO’ing Jung in the last second of the 5th round with a KO elbow.

He bounced back from the loss and defeated Renato Moicano and UFC veteran Frankie Edgar via first-round TKO punches before fighting Brian Ortega at UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. The Korean Zombie. The back-and-forth fight went to the distance and resulted in an Ortega win by unanimous decision.

Chan next fought Dan Ige at UFC on ESPN: Korean Zombie vs. Ige and secured a comfortable unanimous decision victory.

Chan Sung Jung’s Net Worth

Chan Sung Jung is estimated to have a net worth of $1 million as of 2023.

So far, he has earned $1.5 million through UFC fights, with the highest purse money in his career being $200,000. In addition, his career earnings total $1,212,000.

He was also previously promoted by the MMA clothing brand and fighter sponsor Tri-Costa, which produced his iconic “Korean Zombie” t-shirt.

That exact t-shirt went viral, with even President Dana White and longtime UFC commentator Joe Rogan wearing it.

Chan Sung Jung’s Wife, Marriage, Children

Chan Sung Jung’s martial arts journey began after his aunt had had enough of the kids who tormented him due to his small stature and rural roots and enrolled him in a nearby Hapkido gym.

Chan Sung Jung married his longtime lover Park Sun-young in 2014. The couple currently has three children: two daughters and a son. Jung has been a member of the South Korean Navy since the age of 18, and his nearly 4-year absence from professional MMA (2013-17) stemmed from the call to present his duty to the nation in need of the hour.

Chan Sung Jung Awards

  • Ultimate Fighting Championship
    • Submission of the Night (Two times) vs. Leonard Garcia and Dustin Poirier
    • Knockout of the Night (One time) vs. Mark Hominick
    • Fight of the Night (Two times) vs. Dustin Poirier and Yair Rodríguez 
    • Performance of the Night (Three times) vs. Dennis Bermudez, Renato Moicano, and Frankie Edgar 
    • Tied for second most fight-night bonuses in the UFC Featherweight division history (with Yair Rodríguez) 
    • First fighter in UFC history to finish with a Twister submission.
  • World Extreme Cagefighting
    • Fight of the Night (One time) vs. Leonard Garcia
  • KoreaFC
    • Korea FC 65 kg Tournament Winner
  • Pancrase
    • Pancrase Korea Neo-Blood Lightweight Tournament Winner
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter
    • 2010 Fight of the Year vs. Leonard Garcia on April 24 
    • 2012 Fight of the Year vs. Dustin Poirier on May 15 
  • World MMA Awards
    • 2011 Submission of the Year vs. Leonard Garcia at UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis 
  • MMAFighting.com
    • 2012 Fight of the Year vs. Dustin Poirier on May 15
  • ESPN MMA Awards
    • Fight of the Year (2012) vs. Dustin Poirier on May 15
  • Bleacher Report
    • Fight of the Year (2012) vs. Dustin Poirier on May 15
  • Sherdog
    • 2012 Fight of the Year vs. Dustin Poirier on May 15
    • 2011 All-Violence First Team

FAQ

What is the net worth of Chan Sung Jung?

His net worth is 1 million dollars.

What is the height of Chan Sung Jung?

His height is 5 feet 9 inches.

What is the age of Chan Sung Jung?

His age is 36 years as of 2023.

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