Following Dwayne Johnson’s $10 Million Move, UFC CEO Dana White Sees Veteran ‘The Korean Zombie’ Follow Suit With Heartfelt Move for Maui Victims

Published 09/21/2023, 5:22 AM EDT

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The Korean Zombie might not have found his way around the belt, but for sure has won some hearts. His last fight with Max Holloway went sideways for several reasons, from a KO to one of his retirement gloves getting stolen. Holloway came through by presenting him with his own pair of gloves from the fight and Korean Zombie has now returned the favor winning more hearts.

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With wildfires raging, the serene island of Maui has seen massive destruction. Celebrities like Dwayne ‘The Rock‘ Johnson and UFC CEO Dana White have all donated, and joining in was Jung Chan-sung, who along with his team, paid a massive sum of $20,000 to the Maui Food Bank.

The Korean Zombie has a heart of gold

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The Korean Zombie had spoken to Ariel Helwani of the MMA Hour earlier speaking about how he couldn’t really do anything about losing his glove. An audience member in Singapore stole one of Korean Zombie’s retirement gloves as he was walking out with them. Retirement gloves are a thing of great value to all MMA fighters, even more so than just their regular gloves. So, Holloway’s gesture meant the world to the Korean fighter.

“During my fight camp, I heard about the wildfires in Maui, so my original plan was to make a donation to Maui after the fight,” he said in a YouTube video on his channel. “As soon as I received these gloves, I really wanted to give something back to Max. I got to know a charity organization that works with Max and decided to make a donation to that organization. I donated $20,000. Jay Park also donated the same amount.”

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With a career that spans 12 years and fans that surpass all limits, Zombie is beloved by everyone for a reason. He may have lost multiple fights against the division’s best but that never stopped him from getting back on his feet again. It’s a rare phenomenon to see someone be so humble and grateful while enduring the roughest punches.

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Zombie followed in the footsteps of ‘The Rock’ and UFC CEO Dana White in making donations. White had earlier donated $1 million to relief funds and also made t-shirts for the same- proceeds from the sale would all go to the relief funds. ‘The Rock’ on the other hand had partnered up with Oprah Winfrey to donate $10 million to relieve the residents affected by the fires.

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It’s all good between Holloway and TKZ

The Korean Zombie lost to Max Holloway via knockout in his last match. He thought ‘Blessed’ would spend his time boasting and celebrating his victory over him. Instead, Holloway was really humble and appreciated TKZ’s retirement and his long career.

“Seeing Max show love and respect after the fight literally made me feel kind of blessed that Max was my last opponent,” said Zombie. “I mean, up until the very last moment, he’s making me emotional. It made me deeply realize the character Max has. I’m definitely inviting him over to Korea one day.”

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The love and respect is what holds up the beautiful spirit of the fight. Many fans and fighters announced their kind regards for TKZ as he retired for good. His YouTube video cleared out everything that had happened since the fight and it also made fans miss his warm aura a little bit more.

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Prit Chauhan

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Prit is a UFC writer at Essentially Sports. He gained great interest in the sport when he first saw WWE’s Brock Lesnar enter the cage. Having written stories in many formats helps Prit combine his craft of sewing together a narrative and his passion for MMA.
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