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Top 5 Future UFC Options For Chan Sung Jung

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Top 5 Future UFC Options For Chan Sung Jung

Chan Sung Jung in UFC featherweight action against Dustin Poirier
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Former featherweight title challenger Chan Sung Jung isn’t getting the top-10 opponent he was hoping for in his UFC return, but his Oct. 4 matchup against Akira Corassani has the potential for fireworks. Jung has developed a tough-guy reputation during an exciting UFC and WEC career. His return after a year on the sidelines due to a shoulder injury is definitely welcome news. Here are the top five future UFC options for The Korean Zombie.

5. Chan Sung Jung vs. Jeremy Stephens

Chan Sung Jung celebrates his victory at UFC 140
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5. Chan Sung Jung vs. Jeremy Stephens

Chan Sung Jung celebrates his victory at UFC 140
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Jung’s legendary chin would definitely get a test against the hard-hitting knockout artist. Jeremy Stephens turned in a game performance in a decision loss against Cub Swanson at UFC Fight Night 44 in San Antonio. Jung is looking to work his way back into title contention, and a matchup against ”Lil' Heathen” would have the makings of an absolute war.

4. Chan Sung Jung vs. Ricardo Lamas

Chan Sung Jung battles Jose Aldo during UFC 163 featherweight title fight
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4. Chan Sung Jung vs. Ricardo Lamas

Chan Sung Jung battles Jose Aldo during UFC 163 featherweight title fight
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The No. 5 ranked Ricardo Lamas is the man who Jung preferred to face in his Octagon return, but that matchup failed to materialize. It would certainly be a fight to explore if Jung takes care of his business at Fight Night 53. Lamas is a fellow former title challenger who’s hoping to remain a key player in the 145-pound division. “The Bully” rebounded from his loss to champion Jose Aldo by defeating Hacran Dias in his last appearance.

3. Chan Sung Jung vs. Dennis Bermudez

Chan Sung Jung rushes in to finish Mark Hominick in UFC action
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3. Chan Sung Jung vs. Dennis Bermudez

Chan Sung Jung rushes in to finish Mark Hominick in UFC action
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Dennis Bermudez is currently the hottest featherweight contender thanks to seven straight victories, including a recent submission win over Clay Guida at UFC on FOX 12. “The Menace” has been involved in some memorable clashes during his UFC tenure and a matchup against the South Korean would make for a fan-friendly encounter. Both fighters are highly aggressive and push a strong pace.

2. Chan Sung Jung vs. Cub Swanson

Chan Sung Jung kicks Leonard Garcia during UFC clash
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2. Chan Sung Jung vs. Cub Swanson

Chan Sung Jung kicks Leonard Garcia during UFC clash
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While Cub Swanson is currently tied to a likely UFC showdown later this year against Frankie Edgar, there aren't many fans who wouldn't want to see “The Korean Zombie” and Swanson do battle at some point in 2015. The violence level of a meeting between these two exciting featherweights would be on the high-end of the spectrum. Both men are proven finishers who have combined for eight Fight Night bonuses.

1. Chan Sung Jung vs. Conor McGregor/Dustin Poirier Winner

Chan Sung Jung works for triangle choke submission against Dustin Poirier during thrilling 2012 UFC battle
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1. Chan Sung Jung vs. Conor McGregor/Dustin Poirier Winner

Chan Sung Jung works for triangle choke submission against Dustin Poirier during thrilling 2012 UFC battle
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Of all the fights that could be made in the 145-pound division, this would be the matchup that could generate the most excitement from an action standpoint. McGregor and Poirier are due to meet in a key matchup at UFC 178. “The Notorious” has been quick to emerge as one of the promotion’s most charismatic figures. Poirier had a remarkable bout against Jung in 2012 before losing via fourth-round submission and would likely welcome a rematch.