The Korean Zombie returns after a long layoff hoping to regain his spot atop of the rankings in the featherweight division but will Dennis Bermudez spoil his UFC homecoming?
On Saturday February 4th the eve of the Superbowl the UFC will host a Fight Night in Houston, the same city that will host the big game. On paper the card pales in comparison to past Superbowl eve events due to its lack of superstar name power. Despite this fight fans are well aware that there is potential for non-stop action throughout the card especially with the night’s main event. Number nine ranked featherweight and former “Ultimate Fighter” finalist Dennis “the Menace” Burmudez will take on returning fan favorite Chan Sung Jung, better known as the “Korean Zombie”.
Jung (13-4) makes his UFC return after three and a half years away from action. The popular featherweight last competed in 2013 when he dropped a title fight against Jose Aldo. Shortly after the fight Jung announced that he would begin his mandatory military service for his home country of South Korea. Jung rose to popularity after his featured preliminary fight at WEC 48 against Leonard Garcia stole the show. The fight was considered by many as fight of the year for 2010 and was helped tremendously by airing live on Spike TV. Jung would lose the controversial split decision but gained a ton of fans from his effort inside the cage.
After the WEC closed, Jung took his talents to the UFC where he quickly rattled off three consecutive wins. One of those wins was a spectacular submission victory over Garcia. Jung got revenge of sorts by defeating Garcia via a twister, a very rare submission technique.
Jung received a shot at the featherweight title against Jose Aldo at UFC 163. Jung lasted four rounds with the champion and but a shoulder injury that accord during the fight hindered his offense and he would go onto lose via TKO. That was the last time Jung was seen in any type of martial arts action. He was one of the top fighters in the featherweight division before he left and despite losing two plus years in the military he is still only 29 years old and can have another three good years of competition left in him.
Giving his reputation it is easy to see why UFC matchmakers have pitted Jung up against Berumudez. Bermudez (16-5), like Jung, has a habit of throwing caution to the wind during his fights and has delivered some memorable moments of his own. It seems that at least one time in all of his fights there is a moment where one of his opponents lands a big shot and drops Berumdez but some he miraculously seems to pop right back up and come forward.
After dropping his UFC debut, Bermudez went on a seven-fight win streak before dropping back-to-back contest. He has bounced back to win his last two fights and will be looking to extend it to three and ruin Jung’s homecoming all in the same night.
If both fighters live up to their reputation this main event bout will sure to have just as much action as the Superbowl on Sunday. If the fight lasts one round or five rounds both men are sure to go for broke as soon as they enter the cage. Bermudez is a wrestler and a grinder with an incredible chin and endurance. Jung has eight career submission victories and can counter the grappling of Bermudez with his submissions. That may lead to a straight up stand up fight that will sure to entertain both the fans in attendance and the fans watching at home.