On Saturday night, in the main event of the UFC’s 25th anniversary show in Denver, Colorado, fan favorite Korean fighter Chan Sung Jung — better known as The Korean Zombie — stepped into the Octagon for the first time since February of 2017. Unfortunately for the Korean star and his legions of fans, this return to action did not go as planned. Instead, he was turned off by a blistering, upswinging elbow from his opponent in the very last second of their epic five-round war.
Given that The Korean Zombie was decisively ahead on the scorecards, and a literal second away from what likely would have been a nice, unanimous decision victory, this loss is bound to have stung. That being said, he seems to be in reasonably good spirits nonetheless.
Speaking on his personal Facebook page, the Korean star issued a brief, post-fight statement on his loss to Yair Rodriguez.
변명이 없네요.. 나를 도와주신 모든 분들에게 정말 미안하고..감사합니다..나를 싫어하시는 분들에겐 축하드리구요. 아직 비행기 탈 몸상태가 안된다해서 몇일 병원에 입원해있다 한국에 들어가게 됩니다. 부끄럽지만..돌아가서 찾아뵙겠습니다.
“I don’t have an excuse,” The Korean Zombie said in his post (translation via Google Translate). “I’m so sorry for all the people who helped me.. Thank you.. I’m congratulations to those who hate me. I haven’t been able to get on the plane yet, so I’m going to be in Korea for a few days. It’s a shame, but.. I’ll go back and see you.”
With this tough loss to Yair Rodriguez, The Korean Zombie returns to the loss column after a blistering, first-round knockout defeat Dennis Bermudez. He’s now 14-5 overall.
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 11/11/2018.