‘The Korean Zombie’ Isn’t Happy With His UFC Ranking
‘The Korean Zombie’ (Chan Sung Jung) was the last UFC fighter to have their hand raised in last decade, after he blasted his way past Frankie Edgar in the very first round of the UFC Busan main event, in his home country of South Korea.
Following the win, many fans believe ‘Zombie’ should be next in line to challenge the new UFC featherweight champion, Alex Volkanovski. The UFC rankings showed otherwise. Despite the impressive win over Edgar, the 32 year old only found himself at number four in the 145lbs UFC rankings. Below Brian Ortega and Zabit Magomedsharipov.
On discovering this, ‘Zombie’ expressed his distain for his ranking position on social media. Speaking on his YouTube channel over the last couple of days (as transcribed by The Body Lock), the Korean again spoke out against the rankings.
“I was shocked that Brian Ortega came in second place. The last time Ortega won a fight was 20 months ago. Ortega last won 20 months ago when he defeated Frankie Edgar and he lost to Holloway about 13 months ago. That was the last fight Ortega competed in. It doesn’t make sense how he still remains as second place when his last win was so long ago.
“Third place is Zabit Magomedsharipov. So he beat someone [Calvin Kattar] who is in 11th place. I remember he beat [Jeremy] Stephens, but even then, Stephens was only ranked at 6th place. It is hard to understand how he is still in 3rd place.”
‘Zombie’ continued, arguing his point further.
“Ever since my return in 2017, I have fought four fighters. I defeated [Dennis] Bermudez. My fight with him [Yair Rodriguez] was my biggest setback. I have nothing to say. … Moicano was in 5th place when I defeated him last year. I even defeated Edgar who was in 4th place at the time during the same year.
“I won against two fighters that ranked pretty high and I still ended in 4th place. My opponents were ranked high while Zabit’s was ranked 6th, 7th or 8th, and 11th, so how he is still ranked number 3 just doesn’t make sense to me. So that is why I threw a little fit. I was hoping that maybe the ranking would change but sadly it didn’t.”
Do you think ‘The Korean Zombie’ should be ranked higher than number four in the UFC featherweight rankings?