Top UFC fighter Jung Chan-Sung, better known as the “Korean Zombie”, will be taking a two year hiatus from his MMA career for multiple personal reasons. Zombie made the announcement via social media today.
Primarily, the 27-year old Jung has yet to participate in his country of South Korea’s mandatory military service, which is expected of all men before they reach the age of 30. Therefore he has planned to execute the duty immediately. His service will begin this coming Monday, October 20th.
Coupled with this duty, another life event will have Zombie busier than usual – Jung and his wife are expecting their first child in the coming week.
Jung rose to the #5 slot in the UFC rankings at the beginning of January of 2014 following strong career defeats of Leonard Garcia, Mark Hominick and Dustin Poirier – all stoppages which earned performance bonuses. His title fight with Jose Aldo at UFC 163 showed a mature and technical Jung edging ahead on the scorecards. But in the championship rounds, he threw a right and separated his shoulder. Jung also suffered a fractured orbital and a broken foot in the fight.
After surgeries and rehab, Zombie was expected to return to MMA against Akira Corassani at UFC Fight Night 53 this October. However, in late August an injury in training to his previously recovered shoulder sidelined him again, albeit for an expected brief delay of four weeks.
In light of these multiple circumstances, Jung will proceed with his military duty. His new child and his active gym, Korean Zombie MMA, which is now producing fighters, will all keep him quite busy until he can return to a full-time MMA career.