The Korean Zombie wants to fight Zabit Magomedsharipov Next

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UFC featherweight contender Korean Zombie has called out top featherweight contender Zabit Magomedsharipov and has laid down plans for 2021.

Chan Sung Jung has said that he is ready for his potential next challenge. Zombie is coming off of a surprising one-sided decision defeat to Brian Ortega on Fight Island in October. It was a disappointing loss for TKZ, who was coming off of back-to-back knockout wins over Frankie Edgar and Renato Moicano. However, he is still ranked No. 5 overall in the UFC featherweight rankings and wants to make a come back soon and is eager to get back to the win column. The last defeat he faced against Ortega was one of his high profile fights where he failed badly.

Chan Sung Jung aka ‘Korean Zombie’ talks about his next fight

“It was honestly the most mentally challenging fight of my career,” Korean Zombie told MMA Junkie on Tuesday, via a translator. “Physically, it was also very challenging, and my ego was struck down too. Luckily, I didn’t have any injuries. My two-week quarantine once I returned home to Korea made me very focused on the future.”

Even in defeat, The Korean Zombie (16-6 MMA, 6-3 UFC) doesn’t knock the game plan he constructed with coach Eddie Cha before the fight. Instead, Jung tacks the loss up to Ortega’s arsenal – especially one highlight-reel in particular.

“The fight plan was perfect,” Jung said. “(Ortega) used spinning elbows a lot in other fights. … We prepared accordingly, but he aimed for it and did his job. Unfortunately, it was a shot that I couldn’t fully recover from, and I couldn’t perform to the best of my abilities.”

It may sound gruesome to some, but Jung called the procedure “simple” and he aims for a March or April return.

“I want Zabit (Magomedsharipov),” Jung said. “That’s the fight that’s going to get me closest to a title shot. More than that, I want to once again try to prove myself against one of the hottest fighters in the division and prove that I’m still capable of competing at the highest level. Of course, I would understand if he doesn’t want to fight me.”
Magomedsharipov (18-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC) hasn’t competed since November 2019, though he was scheduled to fight in August before opponent Yair Rodriguez withdrew. With UFC president Dana White recently downplaying talk of a Rodriguez return, Jung thinks he’s a perfect candidate to fill the void.

“This is a fight that would bring the fans to their feet,” Zombie said. “(He) and I are both entertainers and extremely competitive, so I think he’d like to step in the octagon with me. A win for both of us would mean a lot for our careers, and it would be an amazing match. The ball is in Zabit’s court; I want this fight to kick-off 2021.”

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