It was business as usual for Chan Sung Jung as the hometown hero continued his streak of violence inside the Octagon at UFC Busan.
Entering his main event scrap against former lightweight champion turned featherweight contender Frankie Edgar, fans had witnessed “The Korean Zombie” earn a post-fight bonus in six of his last seven outings. In fact, fans would have to look towards Jung’s TKO loss to Jose Aldo in 2013, in a bout he severely injured his shoulder, as the only time the 32-year-old hadn’t earned an extra $50,000 at the end of the night.
Well, keeping with tradition, Jung steamrolled over Edgar in devastating fashion as he battered the New Jersey native with a barrage of strikes, culminating in a merciful first-round win and yet another bonus check to his name. This win also marked Jung’s 14th career stoppage win.
Adding to the violence of the night, Brazilian flyweight Alexandre Pantoja earned big for his first-round knockout over Matt Schnell earlier in the night. This win not only marked his 16th career stoppage win, and eigth by (T)KO, but also gave him his second straight bonus after battling Deiveson Figueiredo to a Fight of the Night at UFC 240 in July.
Rounding out the bonuses, Charles Jourdain and Doo Ho Choi earned the Fight of the Night honors for their slugfest on the main card. With the two featherweights throwing everything from flying knees, to haymakers to crippling kicks, it was only a matter of time before someone went to sleep. While Choi relied heavily on his signature will and iron-clad chin, he couldn’t survive the onslaught of Jourdain’s right hook as he was sent crashing face first into the canvas lat in the second frame
For Jourdain, who claimed he “would love that 50k bonus to move out of my parent’s basement,” this win marked his first under the UFC banner after coming up short in his debut last May.