Korean Zombie? Max Holloway should retire too, says top UFC featherweight contender

"It's time" for Max Holloway to retire too, according to the next UFC title contender.

By: Anton Tabuena | 4 weeks ago
Korean Zombie? Max Holloway should retire too, says top UFC featherweight contender
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The Korean Zombie announced his retirement after his knockout loss to Max Holloway at UFC Singapore.

“You know what, I’m going to stop fighting,” the Korean Zombie said, through a translator. “I always aimed to be a champion when I first started this sport. I’m not here to be ranked third, fourth, or fifth.”

Chan Sung Jung had been a longtime fan favorite from back in his WEC days, and he had an emotional send off after losing his main event bout. He’s still entertaining, but the 36-years-old clearly isn’t in his prime, and retiring seems to be the proper decision to make.

Interestingly enough, a top featherweight contender believes Max Holloway should follow suit as well despite his big victory.

Ilia Topuria says it’s also time for Max Holloway to retire

In a tweet (an x?) he sent out following their entertaining main event scrap in Singapore, Ilia Topuria implied that they’re both past their primes, and said that both fighters should just hang up the gloves.

Are all those wars starting to catch up with Holloway as Topuria seems to be implying? It remains to be seen, as he’s still comfortably beating just about everyone in the division and is more than deserving of his #1 featherweight ranking.

Despite being in the UFC for over a decade, Max Holloway is still just 31-years-old. The longtime featherweight champion’s only losses in the last 10 years have been to pound-for-pound champ Alex Volkanovski and to Dustin Poirier at lightweight.

Topuria also had an exchange with Sean O’Malley

Ilia Topuria is currently in line to challenge Alex Volkanovski for the featherweight title, but he also had a back and forth with the newly crowned bantamweight champion. Sean O’Malley responded to his tweet.

Soon after winning the bantamweight title, O’Malley spoke about Topuria and his chances at featherweight.

“Like, dude, chill. Let’s be realistic here. I ain’t f—ing calling for Volk,” O’Malley admitted. “If Ilia [Topuria] goes up there and beats Volk, I’d go up to 45 and fight Ilia. I just don’t think Ilia would beat Volk.”

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Anton Tabuena
Anton Tabuena

Anton Tabuena is the Managing Editor for Bloody Elbow. He’s been covering MMA and combat sports since 2009, and has also fought in MMA, Muay Thai and kickboxing.

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