The Korean Zombie might be coming off a devastating defeat at the hands of Alex Volkanovski but he still remains one of the men to beat in the featherweight division.
Fighters clearly want a piece of the featherweight title challenger and #8 ranked Giga Chikadze is the latest to call out Chan Sun Jung. He event went to the trouble of designing his own poster.
He shared it on Twitter last night:
Let’s do this @KoreanZombieMMA @ufc @danawhite @seanshelby @AliAbdelaziz00 🧟♂️⚔️🥷🏻 pic.twitter.com/YlATnx3xqA
— GIGA CHIKADZE (@giga_chikadze) May 18, 2022
One more fight
Earlier this week The Korean Zombie announced that he wanted at least one more UFC fight and called on Dana White to put on an event in Seoul. There are certainly no shortage of potential opponents for 35 year old and Kikadze is the latest to throw his hat into the ring.
The Georgian is coming off his first ever UFC loss. He dropped a decision to Calvin Kattar at UFC Vegas 46 snapping a nine fight winning streak that had taken him to the brink of a featherweight title shot.
He comes from a kickboxing background and came to MMA relatively late in life. The 33 year old only made his pro debut in 2016.
THE GIGA KICK!
🇬🇪 @Giga_Chikadze is SO MUCH more than a prospect.
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— UFC (@ufc) May 2, 2021
Rising through the ranks
But Kikadze rose quickly through the ranks and is already a veteran of eight UFC fights. However he doesn’t have any of the division’s biggest names on his resume yet.
The Korean Zombie is definitely a big name. He has established himself as one of the most entertaining fighters on the roster and challenged for the featherweight title twice.
But his title dreams were left in tatters by Volkanovski at UFC 273. Afterwards Chan Sun Jung admitted that he realized he was never going to fulfill his dream of becoming a UFC champion.
An absolute clinic by @AlexVolkanovski to retain his belt 👑 #UFC273 pic.twitter.com/bjTSTK5zGw
— UFC (@ufc) April 10, 2022
But the 35 year old has pledged to fight on. With three wins in his last five UFC fights The Korean Zombie remains one of the best featherweights on the roster.
He is currently ranked at #5. But it was the manner of the defeat to Volkanovski that was so demoralizing for the Korean, he was comprehensively outclassed by the champion and took some serious punishment.
Afterwards he openly contemplated retirement, but having had plenty of time to reflect on that defeat he has decided to continue. No-one knows when The Korean Zombie will be competing again or against who but Kikadze is hoping he will be the one to get the call.