The man they call The Korean Zombie, Chan Sung Jung, is headed back to the octagon for the first time since his impressive loss to UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 163 in August 2013. The man waiting to meet him? According to UFC Tonight, that could be none other than former Ultimate Fighter contestant Akira Corassani.
Jung’s performance against Aldo is probably one of the better attempts at dethroning the Brazilian champ since he debuted in the UFC. Jung was in the fight until injuring his shoulder, dislocating it and winding up at a severe disadvantage. While he would fall to a swarm of Aldo punches midway through the fourth round, he was never fully out of the fight until the end; and in all reality, only Mark Hominick has ever put on a better performance against Scarface inside the UFC octagon.
On paper, this bout seems to be a bit of a mismatch. Corassani is the fighter we remember getting choked unconscious by Dennis Bermudez in the final round of the featherweight tournament portion of The Ultimate Fighter 14, while the Korean Zombie most recently took on one of the best fighters in the world for the UFC featherweight championship. That said, this bout is closer than it looks. While Bermudez would lose at the TUF 14 finale, he’s gone on to prove himself a top tier fighter at featherweight, racking up seven straight wins in the UFC since the finale loss. In other words, there’s no shame in losing to him, and Corassani, for his part, has bounced back nicely, winning three straight fights (one via DQ when Maximo Blanco was disqualified for an illegal knee) prior to losing a Fight of the Night effort this past April against Dustin Poirier.
Jung does have the edge in the level of competition he has faced, but having been out over a year, Corassani is not an easy out for him. Both men will be looking to get back in the win column at featherweight, so this should be an extremely entertaining bout.