By Rick LaFitte @RickLaFitte on August 10, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 25, 2015 by Dan Dudley
Phil Davis and Ryan Bader went the distance in a close but action less encounter, where both fighters once again lacked aggression, power and, most importantly, killer instinct. Read More
Anthony Johnson defeated Alexander Gustafsson in hostile territory with a brutal Round 1 TKO to become the next challenger in the UFC's light heavyweight division. Read More
January 24, 2015 by Richard Nurse
Heavyweight up and comer Bryant Jennings is aiming strictly for the top with his next championship bout. Read More
January 19, 2015 by Craig Pearson
Deontay Wilder earned himself a version of a heavyweight title by stripping Bermane Stiverne of his WBC belt on Saturday night. Here are five potential opponents for his first title defense. Read More
January 6, 2015 by Seth Lassen
Saturday’s victory over Cormier left many believing Jones is the greatest mixed martial arts fighter of all-time and today’s news casts a disappointing cloud over Jones’ legacy. Read More
December 24, 2014 by Dan Dudley
Kyoji Horiguchi should enter the top 10 UFC flyweights with a victory at UFC 182. Read More
Jon Jones will overcome his toughest challenger to date in Daniel Cormier at UFC 182 to remain the UFC's light heavyweight champion. Read More
December 24, 2014 by Nicholas A. Marsico
Bellator president Scott Coker has confirmed that preliminary discussions have been going on with former WWE superstar Alberto Del Rio. Read More
December 23, 2014 by Rick LaFitte
Major injuries to Dominick Cruz and Raphael Assuncao could benefit former bantamweight champion Renan Barao in his title quest. Read More
December 23, 2014 by Dan Dudley
Patrick Cummins is rapidly improving since his loss to Daniel Cormier and could break into the UFC's top 15 light heavyweights with a couple more victories. Read More
Donald Cerrone will put an end to Myles Jury's win streak with a victory at UFC 182. Read More
December 22, 2014 by Rick LaFitte
Former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz will have to overcome more adversity after suffering another ACL injury. Read More