Korean Zombie Upset With UFC Rankings
A few months ago, Chan Sung Jung let out a little frustration when talking about the UFC rankings. “Korean Zombie” saw that Brian Ortega and Zabit Magomedsharipov were higher than him the featherweight rankings and didn’t believe that was right.
He made the following post on Instagram as a result:
“One gained victory over an 11th ranker, and another hadn’t fought in 13 months. This ain’t a voting system for popularity I’m number 2. 🤦♂️ #ufc”
Now, “Korean Zombie” is doubling down on his frustrations. Prior to mandatory military service he was 4-1 in the UFC. Since returning, he is 3-1 and is currently on a two-fight win streak. Ranked fourth, “Korean Zombie” took to YouTube to discuss his dissatisfaction with the rankings, especially with Brian Ortega ranked second.
“It is unfair of them to say that two fighters, who are ranked so far apart from each other, are both competing for the same championship title,” Korean Zombie stated. “And to be even more honest, the current ranking just makes absolutely no sense to me. The current Featherweight UFC Champion is Alexander Volkanovski, but Max Holloway is ranked as #1. I’ll admit that he deserves that spot because I know I can’t rank above him right now. I was shocked that Brian Ortega came in second place. The last time Ortega won a fight was 20 months ago… when he defeated Frankie Edgar, and he lost to Holloway about 13 months ago. That was the last fight Ortega competed in. It doesn’t make sense how he still remains as second place when his last win was so long ago.
Third place is Zabit Magomedsharipov… What is he?! So he beat someone who is in 11th place (Calvan Kattar)… Seriously, what is he? I remember he beat (Jeremy) Stephens, but even then, Stephens was only ranked at sixth place. It’s hard to understand how he is still in third place,” Jung continued.
Jung admits that his fight against Yair Rodriguez, where a last-minute back elbow knocked the former out, was a setback for him. However, he believes his two rebound fights after would have been enough to help him out in the rankings.
“Ever since my return in 2017, I have fought four fighters. I defeated (Dennis) Bermudez,” Jung went on to say. “My fight with him (Yair Rodriguez) was my biggest setback, I have nothing to say. I lost that fight completely based off of my skills, not because I was unlucky or anything. (Renato) Moicano was in fifth place when I defeated him last year. I even defeated (Frankie) Edgar who was in fourth place at the time during the same year.”
Magomedsharipov is undefeated in the UFC, going 6-0 since 2017. “Korean Zombie” understands his record, but discounts the caliber of fighters he has faced. That, plus a variety of other factors, forces him to question the rankings.
“I won against two fighters that ranked pretty high and I still ended in 4th place,” Jung stated. “My opponents were ranked high while Zabit’s was ranked 6th, 7th or 8th, and 11th, so how he is still ranked #3 just doesn’t make sense to me. So that is why I threw a little fit. I was hoping that maybe the ranking would change but sadly it didn’t.”
For reference, here is what UFC.com states when it comes to how the rankings are determined:
“Rankings were generated by a voting panel made up of media members. The media members were asked to vote for who they feel are the top fighters in the UFC by weight-class and pound-for-pound. A fighter is only eligible to be voted on if they are in active status in the UFC.”