After beating Dan Ige by unanimous decision in Saturday’s featherweight headliner at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, “The Korean Zombie’ attended the post-fight press conference and delivered a rare message in English.
Jung (17-6 MMA, 7-3 UFC) said he would be more than eager to fight Holloway (22-6 MMA, 18-6 UFC), and criticized the former UFC champ’s punching power.
“Max, he doesn’t have punching power, but I have punching power,” Jung told MMA Junkie. “I can beat him.”
Jung’s victory over Ige (15-4 MMA, 7-3 UFC) was the first time he needed the judges in getting his hand raised since 2008. It was a tactical performance from him, and one that saw Jung rely heavily on his ground game with takedowns, positional control, and submission attempts.
It was an important win for the 34-year-old after losing a title eliminator against Brian Ortega in his previous outing. Ortega is expected to challenge champion Alexander Volkanovski in September, and Holloway recently withdrew from a July 17 date with Yair Rodriguez due to injury.
If Holloway can return within a reasonable amount of time and the promotion opts to switch gears from the Rodriguez fight, Jung would ultimately take it.
“This fight really gave me the confidence that I can mix it up and I can be the world champion,” Jung said through an interpreter. “Definitely I want a title shot first. If I can’t get a title shot then I’m willing to fight Max, but I respect Yair and don’t want to do the way of kind of jumping between those two when they were already set to fight.”