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'Korean Zombie' earns KO win in long-awaited return to UFC

All Headlines 16:11 February 05, 2017

SEOUL, Feb. 5 (Yonhap) -- South Korean mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Jung Chan-sung earned a knockout victory over Dennis Bermudez in his long-awaited return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Jung, better known by his nickname "Korean Zombie" for his aggressiveness, scored a first-round knockout after landing an uppercut on Bermudez in a featherweight bout at the UFC Fight Night 104 in Houston on Sunday (Korean time). This was Jung's first fight since August 2013, when he suffered a TKO loss to Jose Aldo in a championship match.

Jung, 29, improved his overall MMA record to 14-4. He now has 4-1 record at the UFC, which he joined in 2011.

Bermudez, the No. 9-ranked featherweight fighter, suffered the first first-round KO loss of his career. The 30-year-old American is now 16-6.

After his loss to Aldo, Jung left the Octagon for mandatory military service in South Korea. He was discharged from duty in October 2016.

"It definitely felt different from sparring," he said after the bout. "When I got in there, I felt like this is the real thing. This is the Octagon."

kdon@yna.co.kr
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