tumblr_m6u884nuWF1rxsbjao1_500In the featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, not many fighters have as much of a following as “The Korean Zombie,” Chan Sung Jung. The 26-year-old from Pohang, South Korea has become one of the most popular fighters because of his uncanny ability to continuously move forward no matter how much he was getting rocked. Between that and the “Twister,” which we will look at later on, it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that he is as loved as he is.

Versus Leonard Garcia at UFC Fight Night

This is one of those fights that could have led to the end of his UFC career in his debut fight with the promotion. This was his first fight in the UFC after his contract was absorbed from World Extreme Cagefighting. In his only two fights in the United States, he lost to Leonard Garcia and George Roop, so another loss to Garcia would have devastating for his career.

They had an exciting fight for the first nine minutes and it wasn’t until the final seconds of the second round did the Korean Zombie become a mixed martial arts legend. At 4:59 of the second round, Garcia tapped out after Zombie locked on the Twister. For anyone that hasn’t seen the move before, what Zombie did was basically twist Garcia’s body two different ways. The fight earned Zombie Submission of the Night and in some publications, Submission of the Year.

Versus Mark Hominick at UFC 140

After his amazing submission win against Garcia, the phenomenon of the Zombie was alive and well in MMA. While the win against Garcia was a big milestone in his MMA career, fighting Hominick was a major step up in competition. At this point, Hominick had already fought for a title and was looking to get back into the title hunt with a win against the upstart Zombie. Each fighter had their own ideas of where this fight was going to go but neither of them thought it would have ended the way it did.

It has taken me longer to type this sentence than it took Zombie to land a miraculous seven second knockout of the former title contender. After touching gloves the two men never separated and Zombie landed a right hand that dropped his Canadian opponent and he kept hitting him until referee Herb Dean stepped in and called for an end to the fight. The KO win gave Zombie his second consecutive post-fight bonus, this time for Knockout of the Night.

Versus Dustin Poirier at UFC on Fuel TV

After winning over millions of MMA fans in his first two fights in the UFC, nobody remembered he was 0-2 in WEC prior to entering the Octagon. With his two exciting wins, Zombie was given a chance to headline his first card, albeit on Fuel TV. Poirier was 4-0 in his UFC career before the fight and was riding a five-fight winning streak overall.

When these two men stepped into the Octagon in what could have been a 25-minute war in the main event of the card, they went back and forth through the first three rounds. In the fourth round, Zombie caught Poirier in the D’Arce Choke and at 1:07 of the fourth round, the referee ended the fight via technical submission. It was another memorable victory for Zombie and another fight that earned him bonus money. Both fighters won Fight of the Night honors for their war and Zombie also earned Submission of the Night honors, giving him the triple crown of bonuses in just three fights.