Korean Zombie on Star King (Episode #231)


I’m a huge fan of UFC Fighter, Jung Chan-Sung, otherwise known as the Korean Zombie. The transcript of the show was translated by the lovely Ms. Hana K. of Supahcute.com! A special thanks and shout out goes out to her! Part 2 of the Korean Zombie’s visit is after the jump.

A little background – “Star King” is a Korean variety show similar to “America’s Got Talent.” The host or MC Kang Ho-Dong was a former ssireum (traditional Korean wrestling) champion who later became a comedian who eventually became one of the highest-earning MCs in Korea. He is joined on the stage by several Korean celebrities including K-pop stars and comedians.

The first match you see is Korean Zombie vs. Dongi “The Ox” Yang, UFC middleweight and a fellow member of Korean Top Team. “The Ox” is fighting this Saturday at UFC Fight Night #25 on Spike. As the announcers note, there is a substantial weight difference between the two. At 0:25, the subtitle on the screen describes the fight as “Strength vs. Speed.”

At 1:16, the announcer says, “In this situation, you have to be careful of the twister.” They call it Korean Zombie’s signature move.
Arianny Celeste presents him with the “SFC” belt 1:51. “SFC” is something they made up – Saturday Fighting Championship.
At 2:14, Korean Zombie tries to “choke out” Kang Ho-Dong who responds that he almost farted on live TV. He warns KZ to avoid any dangerous moves.
2:38 Kang Ho-Dong: Why did you try to choke me?
KZ: I like Kang Ho-Dong so much. When would I ever get the chance to do that again? So I tried it.
Kang: Why would you choke someone you like?
2:48 KZ: I’m a pervert like that.
3:04 attention shifts to Arianny.
After Arianny praise KZ, Kang asks him to translate for the Korean fans (3:59).
4:00 – KZ: She likes me that much. I like her, too!
Kang: Do you have a girlfriend?
KZ: No.
They make them stare at each other to see if there is any attraction.

0:14 – interpreter explains how Korean Zombie’s t-shirt was the bestselling MMA shirt last year.
0:31 – “The UFC president usually doesn’t wear fighter’s t-shirts, but he wore Zombie’s shirt.”0:57 – Zombie: If you go to the American airport, people will recognize a UFC fighter. They’re pretty famous. But in Korea, MMA isn’t popular. Koreans think of MMA as “fighting.” But actually it is a competitive sport. A lot of people misunderstand, and I want to let more people know about MMA.
1:15 – they notice that Korean Zombie has a picture of the Korean flag on his mouthpiece.
1:19 – Korean Zombie explains that since he fights without a uniform and can’t wear a flag. So I put it in my mouthpiece.
1:40 – Kang asks to be shown MMA techniques.
1:48 – Flying Armbar
2:00 – other host says the Twister is Korean Zombie’s signature move. He goes on to explain that Zombie became even more popular after winning with the Twister.
2:42 – “After Arianny saw the Twister move, she fell for Korean Zombie.”
2:48 – Interpreter says that Korean Zombie was the first person to successfully use the Twister in UFC history.
3:00 – everyone goads Kang to experience the Twister.
4:33 – they ask Kang what the Twister felt like. “I realized that I could’ve died right now. If I resisted a little longer, my back would have gone out. And I could tell that Chan was taking it easy on me.
4:45 – KZ: Yeah. If I did it for real, you would have been really hurt.
Kang: So you didn’t try your hardest?
KZ: Yes.
Kang: (laughs) You are trying to be cute.

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2 Responses to “Korean Zombie on Star King (Episode #231)”

  1. hana k. Says:

    I hope Dana White gives Zombie a bonus for publicizing MMA to the mainstream Korean audience. Most Koreans know Sexyama but that’s about it. Hopefully more Koreans will start supporting Zombie!!

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