The reigning UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski revealed what he said to the former title challenger The Korean Zombie after UFC 273 clash.
Alexander “The Great” Volkanovski headlined UFC 273 last weekend. He defended the featherweight title against Chan Sung Jung aka The Korean Zombie. The two duked it out fiercely but many would agree that it was a one-sided beating as Volkanovski was dominating the whole time.
Before the 4th round started, Jung was already covered in blood to the point that he wasn’t even able to sit down on the stool. However, the 35-year-old insisted on continuing. With his condition, Jung made many people concerned, including his opponent, Volkanovski. Right before the 4th round started, Volkanovski can be seen talking to Chang Sung Jung.
During a talk with Daily Mail Australia, Volkanovski revealed what he said to Jung at the time.
“I was so good I started feeling a little bad. I asked: “Are you alright? Do you want to keep doing this?”” Volkanovski said.
Volkanovski also said he felt bad for The Korean Zombie for having to beat a battered opponent like him. The 33-year-old Australian believes he could have finished Jung in the third round but Jung was saved by the bell. He also felt guilty when he saw his opponent’s wife.
“After the third, I didn’t think he should go, he looked defeated. A lot of those shots were big shots. I started feeling bad. He was talking about retiring, I felt bad. What I did to him in front of his wife.” Volkanovski added.
Volkanovski gave a similar response when being asked about his thoughts on the fight. He made it clear that it was an easy fight and he did not enjoy it.
“But man, I’m sick of just punching these tough guys’ heads into the canvas, I feel I almost feel bad. But at the same time, he’s a nice respectful guy. Hopefully he does well and hopefully he goes back to his home being healthy.” Volkanovski said to BT Sports.
With this victory, Volkanovski marked his 21st win streak in his professional MMA career. Since snatching the featherweight belt from Max Holloway in 2019, Volkanovski has defended it 3 times. So far he has a score consisting of 24 wins and 1 loss.
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