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“The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung Speaks On UFC On Fuel TV 3 Against Dustin Poirier
The UFC’s only “Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung recently spoke about tomorrow night’s fight against Dustin Poirier, here is what he had to say…
“I’ve really changed a lot. Both in my technique and my game as an MMA fighter, but also in the way that I think about my fighting and my thought process. You can sort of think of it really as just a complete change in how I fight and how I think about things.”
On being in the main event:
“I think in my first fight in the U.S., against Leonard Garcia in the WEC, I was really excited coming in, and I had that adrenaline going. Also, especially my second fight, against George Roop, I felt almost like I was the hometown guy because the fans were really rooting for me in that particular fight. So I think I came a little bit too excited, with a little bit too much emotion coming into it. So I learned a lot from those two first fights, definitely, about controlling myself and not letting the adrenaline get to me too much.”
His evaluation of opponent Dustin Poirier:
“Dustin Poirier is a very well-rounded fighter, and I think his skill level all-around is very even. But I think that it’s his strong point and it’s also sort of a weak point because he doesn’t really stand out in any particular area. I think that’s what’s going to be an advantage for me, is that I feel like I have an edge on him in all the different facets of the game. When I was training, it was easy for me to train to come up with ways and strategies to sort of take advantage of the fact that he doesn’t really stand out in one particular area more than another.”
On his striking preference:
“It probably starts with my background in kickboxing since that’s what I started doing. I feel like hitting the other guy and coming out with striking is the basis of the game for me, really. I think of mixed martial arts, for me, as something that extends out of the striking. It’s not just, you go to the ground, and then there’s the ground game, and there’s the standing game separate. It’s more like, from the standing game, if I need to, I can take him to the ground and show my skills there. But it starts, for me, with the striking.”