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Chan “The Korean Zombie” Sung-jung said the post-fight violence, when Nurmagomedov and his team attacked McGregor and his entourage in images beamed around the world, had set back attempts to clean up MMAs image.

“We should be inspiring kids and not shocking them,” the Seoul-based featherweight said ahead of this weeks Angels Fighting MMA event in Seoul, where all profits pay medical expenses for terminally ill children.

In a clip that has been replayed ad nauseam, McGregor hurled a dolly that shattered the window of a bus that was transporting Nurmagomedov and several other fighters. Chiesa was one of them. He suffered a cut on his head that resulted in medics ruling him ineligible to compete and five months later, Chiesa and his attorney officially filed a lawsuit against McGregor, McGregor Sports and Entertainment, Barclays Center, and McGregors associates, for negligence, negligent infliction of emotional distress, and assault and battery.

“As martial artists we are role models,” added Chan, who is ranked 10th in the world by the UFC in his weight division.

I learned my lesson, Chiesa said of the Pettis fight. I dont know if thats why I was meant to lose, I got beat by a better guy that night, but you cant just look at it like that. Youve got to take more from it and I think that was just like a reality check. Even if I might not get more followers on my Instagram, Im just not going to be that guy that talks s**t anymore. Thats just not who I am. Thats not how I was raised. That was not my upbringing.

“Hyping up the fight is understandable but violence outside the cage is a no-go. We are adults and should remember the impact what we do has on kids.”

Im gonna tread lightly with this, obviously I cant say a whole lot. But it just has not been good, Chiesa told Luke Thomas on The MMA Hour on Monday. Even my girlfriend and my mom get messages and comments. Theyre not a part of this and its kind of a shame when — my moms a sensitive lady and I do my best to protect her and stuff. And when she tells me about some of the mean things that are getting sent her way its really, its a shame.

Chan was speaking at his Korean Zombie Gym in Seoul as he prepared to fly out for his next fight, against the UFCs former champion and third-ranked featherweight Frankie “The Answer” Edgar.

Chiesas beef with McGregor extends beyond their close encounter and into the realm of the brash Irishmans persona in general. Its no secret that McGregors gift of gab has been a major part of his success in addition to his thrilling victories inside the Octagon, but Chiesa thinks that kind of behavior has a negative effect on the product and the fanbase in the long run.

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The bout will headline the UFCs 25th-anniversary fight card in Denver on November 10, reflecting Chans stature and the sports global reach.

I think theres a certain line. I think if its authentic, let it happen, Chiesa said. For instance, with me and Kevin, when we had our beef. That was real. There was nothing scripted, there was nothing staged there, that wasnt forced. Dude piped off about my mom, I flipped out. That created authentic heat. The Pettis thing was just me forcing something.

If he finds a way past the American veteran, the Korean fighter is expected to get a second shot at the featherweight title –- and the chance to become the UFCs first Asian world champion.

“Fighters are emerging from all over Asia, and from South Korea,” said Chan. “The image of the sport has improved and it is up to us as martial artists to make sure this continues.”

The two fighters stories became forever intertwined on that fateful media day in April when Chiesa was just 48 hours away from a fight with Anthony Pettis at UFC 223 in Brooklyn. That fight would be end up being re-scheduled when McGregor made a shocking appearance at the Barclays Center loading area in an attempt to confront rival Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Chans “Zombie” tag comes from his ability to keep moving forward into battle, even when under a barrage, and he is level-headed about the challenge posed by Edgar.

Up next for Chiesa, he makes a move up to the welterweight division to fight Carlos Condit, another fighter he has a great deal of respect for. Though theres plenty of time for Chiesa and Condit to trade insults before they meet at UFC 232 on Dec. 29 in Las Vegas, Chiesa doesnt plan to take part in that.

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“I know he will try to wear me down, try to exhaust me, but I am ready for that,” said Chan. “My stamina is very good.”

Nurmagomedov called out Mayweather after defeating Conor McGregor in their controversial UFC fight in Las Vegas that ended in mayhem as Nurmagomedov jumped out of the Octagon to fight a member of the Irishmans entourage.

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Chan seemed destined for the top after joining the UFC in 2011, after starring on the domestic scene in South Korea.

Although there was outrage at the ugly scenes at the end of the Nurmagomedov-McGregor fight at UFC 229 the reality is that it increased Nurmagomedovs profile exponentially, making any fight with Mayweather easy to sell.

He went 3-0 before losing to then-featherweight champion Jose “Scarface” Aldo, dislocating his shoulder throwing a huge right before losing via TKO in the fourth.

Following South Koreas compulsory military service and a knee injury, Chan exploded back on to the scene with a first-round knockout of Dennis “The Menace” Bermudez in February 2017.

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Now with a career record of 14 wins and four losses, Chan will be faced with his biggest challenge yet against Edgar (23-6-1), the 36-year-old former UFC lightweight champion.

The fight made both fighters a fortune, with McGregor pocketing a reported $US100 million and Mayweather earning up to four times that amount.

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But Chan said his time away from the cage –- which also brought the birth of three children, aged four to three months –- had put life into perspective.

​Nurmagomedov had called out Mayweather days after the McGregor fight, saying: “Hey, lets go, Floyd. We have to fight now. 50-0 vs. 27-0.

At the Angels Fighting event, Chan was in the corner for a fighter from his gym. He said such charity initiatives showed MMA could have a positive impact.

“In the past the image (of MMA) has not been great but we are seeing this change, and everything is looking positive,” said Chan.

Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather has responded the UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedovs challenge with two words: “Were fighting.”

“A while back I used to fight for myself, for fame. But now family overrides that and I am fighting for my family.”

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When Georges St-Pierre vacated his UFC Welterweight championship in 2013 after holding it for nearly six years, no-one knew if he would ever return to the sport.

But after battling a series of injuries, the Canadian returned to dethrone Michael Bisping and capture the Middleweight belt in November 2017.

Chan was speaking at his Korean Zombie Gym in Seoul as he prepared to fly out for his next fight, against the UFCs former champion and third-ranked featherweight Frankie “The Answer” Edgar.

His reign didnt last for long though, and a month later GSP decided to vacate the title due to suffering from Ulcerative colitis, stating he didnt want to hold up the division.

If he finds a way past the American veteran, the Korean fighter is expected to get a second shot at the featherweight title – and the chance to become the UFCs first Asian world champion.

It didnt stop stars from across the sport from calling him out though, most notably Khabib Nurmagomedov, who wanted GSP as his first title defence after claiming the Lightweight gold at UFC 223 in Brooklyn.

The UFC tried to get St-Pierre to fight Nate Diaz at UFC 227 in June, but GSP declined the offer, and this week revealed that only one man would interest him in coming back to MMA right now – and that is The Eagle.

St-Pierre appeared on Ariel Helwanis MMA Show this week, and when quizzed on potentially facing Nurmagomedov, GSP responded:  “I always say that the thing that excites me the most is when I could be the first to do something, you know?

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“When something can’t be done and people doubt me or say it’s impossible to do or you can never do it.

Chans “Zombie” tag comes from his ability to keep moving forward into battle, even when under a barrage, and he is level-headed about the challenge posed by Edgar.

“He’s a great champion and in terms of legacy. I can’t think of a better man, a fighter right now who has a better legacy than Khabib in terms of popularity and legacy.

“If you look at the real fighters, not only as to who sells the most, but in terms of who’s the real pound-for-pound fighter, I think he ranks right up there.”

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Despite adding that hes not sure if he would ever return to the octagon, and Dana White not being interested in him coming back for big-money fights then leaving again, its surely something that would entice GSP should the circumstances be right.

And with Khabib cementing his legacy with his destruction of McGregor, and St-Pierre being a proven draw when it comes to pay-per-views, the UFC would stand to make a hell of a lot of money from the two squaring off.

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