Korean Zombies Have Feelings Too
Korean Zombie vs. Jose Aldo starts the streak of 6 straight PPV’s scheduled for a title fight. And I felt I had to share this great interview from Chan Sung Jung
IF by some magical reason, possibly racism, maybe a previous betrayal from a Korean, that makes you not a Korean Zombie, Chan Sung Jung fan… check this emotional, honest interview/blog he did about his lost to George Roop by head kick. I read some of this on Bloody Elbow before, but I thought it’d be good to bring it back before he takes on Aldo this Saturday.
The headkick that created Korean Zombie 2.0
Translated to English from Korean (sorry, don’t know who did this translation) via KZ’s blog post
"In the end, a fighter who is all talk, who showed and proved nothing,drunken by the chants of ‘ZOMBIE!!! ZOMBIE!!!’ Not even a single mark left on my opponent’s face. Even until the end, I was going for that one big shot… As if going for a takedown were a sin, I didn’t even consider it. So, that is how scary and painful it is to get knocked out. I can feel a similar pain in my heart…
On the way to the hospital - as they drew my blood and performed the CT scan - I could only think one thing… That I would never fight again. All I could think about was my friend, Jun Seok. I would go learn his trade and work alongside him, like my friends - at a regular job.
Returning to the hotel…after seeing the fans…and the smirk from George(Roop)… I went to my room and sat down with my team, where the atmosphere was much more relaxed and calm as I continued to question my relevance in MMA…
Suddenly the words of advice that Brian had offered to me at the hospital, came to mind. Fighting in Korea…fighting in Japan…overcoming all those odds, to end it like this? Is this why I delayed going to the army? Is this why I’ve been competing since high school? The worst part being… Is this the best I can do? Am I only good enough to lose to a fighter who was perceived as mediocre by MMA fans?
So, I’ve decided to give this one more shot. But, the pride I once had for fighting ‘Zombie Style’ has been shattered. I’m going to change. It’s okay if you take away my Korean Zombie title. It’s okay if everyone boos me. It’s okay if no one in the world ever cheers for me again. For everyone who has supported me thus far, that I have let down…
I make this promise to you that I will never fight with the same style, ever again."
And Chan Sung Jung talks about Roop some more and, in my opinion, shows a great degree of shame, in this interview (transcript by https://twitter.com/ErikssonLau, translation, again sorry, I’m not sure) look up "han" on Wikipedia for a side of Korean culture you might have never knew existed…
BUT here is the video where the translations took place
"Thanks to this friend, I could continue mixed martial arts. He had let me live in his home, so I didn’t have to worry about getting a job and make money for a living and continue to pursue my dream. I’d like to say to my friend in this video, ‘Thank you, my friend.’"
"Ah, I was so miserable. It was a rock bottom… I confess that I cried a lot. I wanted to quit, I almost quit after those two devastating two defeats in a row. My friend was all along with me, and watched me at the ringside when I get knocked out black.
My friend… He cried a lot, as if it were his failure, when I lost. After we cried together, I thought to myself, I should quit. In fact, I was very scared. I have never passed out in the middle of the fight before since I started my MMA career. On the spot where everyone is watching… millions are watching. I got kicked and have completely blacked out… completely dark. And when I returned from the dark… ‘Oh my god, it didn’t happen,’ but all of a sudden, it struck me. I could die just like this. I got so scared that I couldn’t continue.
My friend told me to change everything. He said my style was too risky. He told me to change into a different fighter with a completely different style. Then I realized that we should change and evolve, rather than quit. So I learned more grappling skills, and I practiced the twister. I started again… from scratch.
Yes, I owe [my friend] a lot. Who would have let me crash in their home for years for free, except my friend, when I was a bum?
"Having a good friend is having another life" - unknown
I cannot wait. Gonna have butterflies in my stomach for this fight with Aldo.