A pivotal featherweight title fight was expected to take place between current champ Jose Aldo and top-contender Anthony Pettis. This fight was pegged to be a super-fight, as Pettis was arguably the best lightweight in the UFC save for Ben Henderson, who he holds a win over back in the WEC promotion.
However, an injury suffered from Pettis has forced him out of the bout, leaving him and many fans distraught. Now, Chan Sung Jung, Korean Zombie, will take his place for UFC 163. Here is Dana White on Twitter earlier today:
Pettis hurt his knee, Korean Zombie will now face Jose Aldo for the title on the Aug card in Rio Brazil.
Jung, who sports an overall record of 13-3, was originally scheduled to Ricardo Lamas, which would determine the next No. 1 contender in the division. Instead, the UFC opted to give Jung a shot at the belt, and it will be interesting to see if he can make the most out of his title shot opportunity.
This is devastating news for Pettis, as he was looking to be the first man to dethrone Aldo in the UFC. Now, he will have to rehab is injury, and he more than likely is going to be fighting in the lightweight division again, where he is one of the best fighters. Injuries are a part of the sport, and hopefully Pettis can heal up quickly and get back to his training.
So will The Korean Zombie pull off an incredible upset, or will Aldo demolish Jung like he has done to all of his other opponents? Stay tuned!