The 2nd round GP fight of SENGOKU were officially announced today. Favorite Hatsu Hioki will take on Ronnie Ushiwaka, as reported Nam Phan will fight on Michihiro Omigawa, “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung will face ZST’s Masanori Kanehara, and Featherweight King Of Pancrase Marlon Sandro will battle hard-hitting Nick Denis.
Update: Depending on their result at Pancrase on April 5th, SENGOKU training players Shigeki Osawa and/or Maximo Blanco (The True Knight, Makishi) might participate in the opening fight of SENGOKU VIII.
Update #2: Chan Sung Jung wants revenge for Kim Jong Man and made a KO declaration. Kanehara said that it won’t be that easy. Omigawa thinks that the striking and jiu-jitsu of Nam Phan are strong but he is confident from his last fight with Davis.
Date: May 2nd, 2009
Place: National Yoyogi Stadium 2nd Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan
The 2nd round fights of the SENGOKU Featherweight GP will be announced next Tuesday. As was said at one of the last press conferences, the three Japanese fighters and Marlon Sandro will probably be matched up against the other four foreigners.
Name: Chan Sung Jung
Born: March 17th, 1987
Height: 175 cm
Background: Hapkido & Kickboxing
MMA Record: 10-1
Dojo: Korean Top Team
The Korean Zombie Is Born
Chan Sung Jung studied Hapkido (Korean Aikido) for years before joining a Kickboxing gym at the age of 18. He later joined the Jungshin MMA Gym to start his MMA training. Today he trains at the Korean Top Team.
Jung’s nickname in Korea is “Zombie”. His MMA record is currently 9-1. However, including his amateur fights he has probably had over 35 fights (might include Kickboxing fights).
Taking Over Korean MMA
In June of 2007 Jung won in an event called Super Sambo in Korea. In December the same year he participated in the Lightweight division of the first ever Pancrase Korea Neo-Blood Tournament. He defeated In Seok Yoo by submission in the semifinals and in the final he faced Machado Jiu-Jitsu’s Hyung Geol Lee and won by TKO.
Jung was also a participant of a show called Street Fighter in 2007 which aired on South Korean cable TV. He participated in the 70 kg tournament and won. The tournament was stand-up only (similar to K-1 but not in a ring).
Jung’s last fight in Korea was in May of 2008 when he participated in a KOREA-FC 8-Man MMA Tournament which he won, continuing his undefeated MMA streak.
Advancement To Japan
In August the same year he made his MMA debut in Japan when he faced UFC & PRIDE veteran Michihiro Omigawa at a GLADIATOR event in Okayama. He defeated Omigawa by decision and returned to Japan for the second time in December against Cage Force Featherweight GP semifinalist, Fanjin Son. He won by KO in 17 seconds.
The 2009 SENGOKU Featherweight GP
After his two impressive victories in Japan, Jung was signed by big promotion SENGOKU to compete in their 2009 Featherweight GP. In the first round of the GP he faced Shooto veteran Shintaro Ishiwatari. In what might have been the most exciting fight of the first round, Jung submitted Ishiwatari late in the first round after dropping him.
Jung advanced in the tournament and faced Team ZST’s Masanori Kanehara in the second round. The fight went to the judges who declared Kanehara as the winner, a decision that many disagreed with. However, on August 2nd, Jung got another chance in SENGOKU and it’s Featherweight GP when he faced Matt Jaggers in the reserve fight of the GP finals. Jung won by triangle choke in the second round.
Pancrase Korea Neo-Blood Tournament Semifinal: Vs. In Seok Yoo – December
Pancrase Korea Neo-Blood Tournament Final: Vs. Hyung Geol Lee – December
Street Fighter Semifinal: Vs. Taekwondo Guy
Street Fighter Final: Vs. Aikido Guy
Three new fighters were announced for the SENGOKU Featherweight GP today. They are ZST veteran Masanori Kanehara, “Super High School Student” Tetsuya Yamada, and the 21 year old Korean talent Chan Sung Jung (Chang Son Jon).
Masanori Kanehara started his career a little shaky with a couple of losses and draws but since 2006 he has done much better with some very good good results against tough fighters. Since fights are automatic draws if they go the distance in ZST, Kanehara’s record could have looked better. He went the distance with notable Lightweight Naoyuki Kotani in a ZST vale tudo fight in 2007. After the fight Kotani left the ring disappointed as he knew who would’ve won the fight had there been judges.