Last night, in the main event of the UFC’s latest trip to Houston, Texas, fan favorite featherweight Chan Sung Jung – better known by his nickname “The Korean Zombie” – returned to the cage after a hiatus of more than three years. He did so against long-time featherweight contender Dennis Bermudez.
Despite his long time away from the cage, the Korean Zombie looked incredible in his anticipated comeback fight, baiting his foe into a brawl, where he ultimately crumbled him with a beautifully timed uppercut for a first-round win.
Unsurprisingly, the South Korean’s crushing knockout victory generated plenty of excitement from the MMA community. Here are a few of the best reactions to his epic return to the Octagon.
— Dana White (@danawhite) February 5, 2017
— michael (@bisping) February 5, 2017
Slick head movement and uppercut! Welcome back Zombie! Lots of fun match-ups ahead! #UFCHouston
— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) February 5, 2017
— Ray Borg (@tazmexufc) February 5, 2017
You can't even kill Korean zombies with headshots! #UFCHouston
— Yves Edwards (@thugjitsumaster) February 5, 2017
Wowwww the zombie is still alive 💀
— Robert Whiteford (@Flyinjudoka) February 5, 2017
Just when it looked like Zombie might be in trouble, he KO's Bermudez. #UFCHOUSTON
— The Mane Event™ (@EliasTheodorou) February 5, 2017
— Roan Jucao (@jucao) February 5, 2017
BOOM! Damn the @KoreanZombieMMA came back like he never left!
— Gerald Harris (@GHurricane) February 5, 2017
HELL YEAH ZOMBIE!!
— David Michaud (@bulldawgUFC) February 5, 2017
Peek a boo 👊🏽💥 @ufc
— Brian Ortega (@BrianTcity) February 5, 2017
Zombie vs Cub?
— Nick Newell (@NotoriousNewell) February 5, 2017
Definitely some ring rust but he dusted it off like a champ! Welcome back KZ 👏🏽 #UFCHouston
— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) February 5, 2017
— Court McGee (@Court_McGee) February 5, 2017
Wow. Beautifully timed uppercut by The Korean Zombie! ⚡️🥊🤘🏼#UFCHOUSTON
— Nicolas “Lokomotivo” Dalby (@DalbyMMA) February 5, 2017
Congrats to Jung aka The Korean Zombie! Been a fan of his since the WEC. Was pulling for Dennis, as he was looking great too.#UFCHOUSTON
— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) February 5, 2017
Congrats to @KoreanZombieMMA …. not my night. I'm sure we'll met again.
— Dennis Bermudez (@MenaceBermudez) February 5, 2017
With his thudding knockout of Dennis Bermudez, the Korean Zombie finally returns to the win column after an August 2013 loss to Jose Aldo. This loss, which marked a failed bid to swipe the UFC featherweight title, saw the Korean star dislocate his shoulder, only to be pounded out by punches as he tried to reset this injury. Prior to that loss to Aldo, the Korean Zombie was on an incredible, three-fight win-streak as he first tapped Leonard Garcia with the only twister to ever occur in the Octagon, then flattened Mark Hominick in just seven seconds for one of the quickest KOs in UFC history, and finally, submitted Dustin Poirier in one of the best fights ever. Needless to say, there is a reason the South Korean featherweight is so loved by fans.
Bermudez, meanwhile, has a two-fight win-streak snapped by this loss. In his last two fights, he scored decision defeats of Tatsuya Kawajiri and Rony “Jason” Bezerra. This is just the second knockout loss of his 22-fight career, and the first that was dealt with punches.
What did you think of the Korean Zombie’s jaw-dropping return to the Octagon? Sound off, PENN Nation!
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 2/3/2017.