Chan Sung Jung Biography

December 15, 2019
First published on:December 15, 2019
by John Max

Facts of Chan Sung Jung

Birth Name Chan Sung Jung
Birth Place Pohang, South Korea
Famous Name (The) Korean Zombie
Net Worth $0.5 Million
Nationality South Korean
Ethnicity Asian
Profession MMA Fighter
Currently Married Yes
Married to Park Sun-young (m. 2014)
Children Three

Chan Sung Jung, famous by ring name (The) Korean Zombie, is a South Korean MMA fighter and kickboxer who is currently signed to the UFC under the Featherweight division. A professional since 2007, the hunk previously competed at WEC, Pancrase, World Victory Road, and DEEP.

He has a UFC record of 5-2-0 (win-loss-draw), earning a fight bonus for 7 of those fights. Currently, he is ranked #3 in the UFC featherweight ranking. 

Pohang, South Korea native, Chan Sung Jung, was born on March 17, 1987, under the star sign Pisces. He holds a South Korean nationality and belongs to the Asian ethnic background.

Net Worth

Twelve years as a professional MMA fighter, Chan Sung Jung has earned a good fortune. As of 2019, his net worth is approximately $0.5 million

Since 2011, he is associated with UFC and made decent earning from the fights. His UFC career earning is listed below the table. 

Date Event Earnings
March 26, 2011 UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis $65,000
December 10, 2011 UFC 140 $97,000
May 15, 2012 UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier $114,000
August 3, 2013 UFC 163  $20,000
February 4, 2017 UFC Fight Night: Bermudez vs. Korean Zombie $95,000
November 10, 2018 UFC Fight Night: Korean Zombie vs. Rodríguez $78,000 
June 22, 2019 UFC Fight Night: Moicano vs. Korean Zombie $101,000

Besides, he has also competed for other events. As reported, he made $70,000 from WEC 48 and $5,000 through WEC 51. 

Matter of fact, there is no fixed salary in the MMA fighter. They earn from the show, win bonus, a fight of the night bonus, and sponsorship.  

CAPTION: Korean Zombie 1.0 Shirt by Tri-Coasta SOURCE: eBay

Previously, he was endorsed by the MMA clothing company and fighter sponsor Tri-Coasta. The company manufactured his signature "Korean Zombie" t-shirt that spread like wildfire, one that even UFC president Dana White and longtime UFC commentator Joe Rogan flaunted with pride. In 2012, the fighter parted way with the company, alleging that the company owes him over $20,000.

Father of Two

Chan Sung Jung is a married man. He exchanged the vows with his girlfriend, Park Sun-young, in an intimate ceremony in 2014.

Chan Sung Jung and his wife SOURCE: Instagram @koreanzombiemma

The couple is blessed with two daughters: Pros and Sunyoung. Chan often shares pictures with his daughters via his official socials. 

Chan Sung Jung with his wife and two daughters SOURCE: Instagram @koreanzombiemma

On 21 December 2017, they announced they are expecting their third child. The following year, on 31st July, they welcomed their third child, a son.

Early Years

Born in Pohang, South Korea, Chan Sung Jung relocated to Namyangju when he was in his mid-teens. He was continuously bullied by his classmates because of his slight stature and his rural origins, which got into many fights as a result.

When Jung's aunt could no longer tolerate seeing his predicament, she enrolled him in a nearby Hapkido gym. Further, Jung trained in kickboxing until his junior year of high school. A proud graduated of the Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology, he began training in judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu and subsequently Taekwondo. This way, he got into MMA. 

UFC Career

On March 26, 2011, Chan made his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis, where he faced Leonard Garcia and eventually won the bout. Moreover, he won the next two fights against Mark Hominick and Dustin Poirier.

Highlights

On August 3, 2013, he was defeated by the José Aldo at UFC 163. Rebounding from lost, he made his come back at UFC Fight Night: Bermudez vs. Korean Zombie, where he defeated Dennis Bermudez; however loss the next fight against Yair Rodríguez. On June 22, 2019, he won the fight against Renato Moicano at UFC Fight Night: Moicano vs. Korean Zombie.

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