It appears as if The Korean Zombie has fought his final battle — and if that is indeed the case, he heads into his retirement with one final post-fight bonus.
Zombie (properly Chan Sung Jung) came to fight at UFC Singapore, booked into the main event against former featherweight champ Max Holloway. The South Korean star, himself a multi-time title challenger, rocked Holloway early, and was rocked himself. In the second, he had to fend off a tight submission attempt from “Blessed,” but it was the third round that saw Zombie’s night end early. He opted to engage in a firefight with Holloway, ending up tagged and dropped for the one-punch KO.
It was the second consecutive loss for Zombie, following a failed bid for 145lb gold against Alexander Volkanovski just over a year ago. Following the loss, Zombie announced his retirement, leaving his gloves in the cage while “Zombie” by The Cranberries played one final time.
The bout with Holloway was enough to earn the pair Fight of the Night honors.
Performance of the Night bonuses at UFC Singapore went to Junior Tafa and Michal Oleksiejczuk. Poland’s Oleksiejczuk survived an early onslaught to finish Chidi Njokuani with extremely violent ground n’ pound on the preliminary card, while Tafa light up Parker Porter on route to a first-round knockout.
Attendance at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Saturday was 10,263 for a live gate of $1,288,777 USD.