Chan Sung Jung, known around the world as the “Korean Zombie” annihilated Renato Moicano in just 58 seconds to win the main event of UFC Fight Night 154 in Greenville, South Carolina. Going into this fight, many mixed martial arts fans believed this would be a fun fight when it was booked but the oddity of the location left the masses wondering why a Korean and Brazilian would fight in the state of South Carolina instead of one of their home countries. The fight had the potential to be similar to the five-round barnburner that Korean Zombie had against Yair Rodriguez last year before Korean Zombie was brutally knocked out by an uppercut-style elbow strike. When this fight started, there was no feeling out process. Korean Zombie quickly threw a devastating right hand that took Moicano’s soul out of him. Moicano went to the ground and Korean Zombie took his back and searched for a submission. As it looked like Moicano would recover, Korean Zombie released the choke, flattened out Moicano, and pummeled him with strikes to force the referee to step in and end the fight.
Korean Zombie has now won two of his last three fights since returning to the Octagon after a four-year hiatus due to required service in the South Korean military. With TKO wins over Dennis Bermudez and Renato Moicano, Korean Zombie has set himself up for a title-eliminating fight that could come against second-ranked featherweight, Brian Ortega or a rematch against former champion, José Aldo. Aldo defeated Korean Zombie in a title fight back in 2013 after an injury allowed Aldo to take advantage and finish the fight with strikes. Whatever happens next, the Korean Zombie is back! On the other hand, Renato Moicano has lost two straight and has been finished in both of those losses. The setbacks will force him to restart from square one and make another run at the featherweight title. A fight against either Yair Rodriguez or Shane Burgos makes sense. Both opponents would create entertaining fights with Moicano and could help Moicano restart a run for the title.
Up next for the UFC is a Minneapolis, Minnesota card headlined by heavyweight contenders in Francis Ngannou and Junior dos Santos. This will be the third event with a main card that airs on ESPN. The card takes place next Saturday.
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