'Korean zombie' rises from dead

"Korean Zombie" Jung Chan-sung will be meeting Mexican Yair Rodriguez in UFC Fight Night 139's main event in Denver tonight. Rodriguez is also making a comeback after a long layoff.
"Korean Zombie" Jung Chan-sung will be meeting Mexican Yair Rodriguez in UFC Fight Night 139's main event in Denver tonight. Rodriguez is also making a comeback after a long layoff.PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES/ZUFFA

Jung, who has fought just once in five years due to injury, wants to make up for lost time

Not too long ago, Jung Chan-sung seemed destined for big things in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

With the mixed martial arts (MMA) juggernaut gaining mainstream popularity in 2013, the South Korean fighter emerged as a title contender in the featherweight (up to 66kg) division, and was perfectly placed to become the UFC's first Asian born-and-bred star.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 10, 2018, with the headline ''Korean zombie' rises from dead'. Print Edition | Subscribe