I’ll start off by saying I’m not the biggest MMA fan. In fact, the best word to describe me when it comes to MMA is the same word I use to describe many “sports” fans I come across: casual. I know who Anderson Silva, Georges St.-Pierre, and Jon “Bones” Jones are. I also know some of the older guys like Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, Ken Shamrock, and Royce Gracie. But I wouldn’t be able to give you an in-depth analysis of the sport outside the wrestling component.
However, tonight’s UFC main event really caught my eye. Why? Well there was a Korean guy named Chan Sung Jung fighting. Now being Asian, any Asian athlete that comes around I take notice. Especially if he’s Korean (but I’m not a nationalistic fanatic who blindly roots for these guys…they have to be good or no mas). And especially with a nickname like “The Korean Zombie.”
After watching him fight (via stream…screw pay-per-view) and submit his opponent Dustin Poirier via a D’arce choke, I became a fan. This guy has got heart. And he’s good. After I finished watching the post-fight interviews, I went and studied up on “The Korean Zombie” a bit moar. Conclusion? He’s not just good, he’s fucking good. He’s won all 3 of his UFC fights via KO or tap out. He’s exciting, much like the Anderson Silva of old used to be. To prove this, in his first fight he won Submission of the Night and Submission of the Year, in his second fight he won Knockout of the Night, and in tonight’s fight he won Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night. He’s the first guy in UFC history to submit an opponent with the apparently rare twister (video below). Now, he’ll get a title shot at featherweight. Jung is only 25; he’s got a lot of fighting left in him, and I’ll be sure to keep track of his progress.
P.S. Here’s a personal story. I also like this guy because I can relate to him; he was bullied as a kid because of his small size. His aunt took him to a Hapkido gym to help him get stronger. I was bullied as well due to my small physical stature. That’s partly why I started wrestling and hitting the gym everyday. Fun fact of the day.