TKZ must report to military, out of UFC for 2 years
Published on Monday, 10/13/14, at 2:38 p.m. Eastern.
Chan Sung Jung, better known as The Korean Zombie, must report for military service and won’t fight in the UFC for at least two years.
TKZ, a native of South Korea, has been with the organization since 2011. All adult men are required to serve two years of military service in the Asian country. He will report to basic training on Oct. 20.
TKZ is currently ranked sixth in the UFC’s featherweight division. Due to several injuries, he has fought in the Octagon just four times. However, he made the most of those appearances.
In his UFC debut, TKZ earned Submission of the Year honors for 2011 by executing the first twister in the organization’s history by forcing Leonard Garcia to tap with one second remaining in the second round.
Sung Jung returned to the cage at UFC 140 and scored a stunning first-round knockout of Mark Hominick in just seven seconds. He earned KO of the Night honors and hooked up his betting supporters with an incredible +500 return (risk $100 to win $500).
His third UFC fight was one of the best in the history of the 145-pound loop. TKZ and Dustin ‘Diamond’ Poirier threw down for more than 19 minutes before Sung Jung forced Poirier to tap out with a D’arce choke. The epic scrap earned Fight of the Year honors.
At UFC 163 in August of 2013, TKZ fought Jose Aldo for the featherweight title in Rio. In the fourth round, TKZ dislocated his shoulder while throwing a punch. Aldo instantly noticed the injury and pounced on Sung Jung and finished the bout with a flurry of punches.