How much did “The Korean Zombie” make in his retirement fight? Revealing Chan Sung Jung’s final UFC payday

At yesterday’s UFC Singapore Fight Night, Chan Sung Jung concluded his octagon journey. Despite the high hopes, The Korean Zombie couldn’t secure victory against Max Holloway, experiencing a knockout loss in the third round.

The event had a series of thrilling matchups, including the light heavyweight clash between Anthony Smith and Ryan Spann, and the flyweight bout involving Erin Blanchfield and Taila Santos. However, it was Korean Zombie vs. Blessed that truly captured the attention of the audience.

Korean Zombie’s final UFC payday

Making his UFC debut in 2011, with three consecutive wins, TKZ swiftly established himself as a dominant force. This led to a title opportunity against Jose Aldo in 2013, though he fell short in his pursuit of becoming a UFC champion.

Following a four-year hiatus, Jung reappeared in 2017 with a dominant victory over Dennis Bermudez rejuvenating his mixed martial arts career until a setback against former interim champ Yair Rodriguez.

Nearly a decade later, The Korean Zombie received another shot at the title last year. Nevertheless, his hope for glory remained elusive as he faced defeat once again, this time against Alexander Volkanovski.

Holloway was probably his final opportunity to get closer to the title, but after consecutive losses, the South Korean MMA veteran opted to retire from the sport, ending his fighting career for good with one last payday worth $261,000.

Chan Sung Jung leaves message for the fans

Chan Sung Jung took on a bloody sport as a career and left a significant mark. His walkout song, titled “Zombie,” became iconic in UFC history reflecting his unique persona.

During the post-fight octagon interview, the 36-year-old fighter expressed he’s ultimate goal was to be champion which he failed to do. Despite training hard to defeat Blessed, he came short.

“I’m going to stop fighting. I always aimed to be a champion when I first started the sport. I’m not here to be ranked third, fourth, or fifth. I tried my absolute best to prepare for Max Holloway. I really believed I could beat him. But I ended up failing, so I don’t think I have the opportunity anymore.”

In a competitive division like featherweight, Chan has gone toe-to-toe with some of the industry’s finest. But at 36 years, it seems like his body has finally started to give in. As heartbreaking as his decision may be or some fans, it was probably for the best.

What’s your take on the UFC career of The Korean Zombie? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section.

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