The highly-anticipated Octagon return of former UFC featherweight title challenger Chan Sung Jung will have to wait. “The Korean Zombie” has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled co-main event clash at Fight Night 53 against Akira Corassani. MMA-in-Asia.com was the first to report that Jung had sustained a shoulder strain while training and is off the Oct. 4 card in Stockholm, Sweden. It’s the same shoulder that he dislocated and had surgery on after his loss at UFC 163 against 145-pound champion Jose Aldo in Brazil.
It’s definitely another setback for the No. 6 ranked contender who hasn’t fought since last August. Jung is expected to be re-evaluated after four weeks of rehab. He’s been a crowd-pleasing performer dating back to his days in the WEC and has lived up to the “Korean Zombie” moniker by displaying an insane ability to absorb punishment and to keep pressing forward. He’s a proven finisher with 11 of his 13 career wins coming by knockout or submission.
Jung has been involved in a pair of legendary brawls with Leonard Garcia and also owns a submission victory over current No. 5 ranked contender Dustin Poirier. Their 2012 clash was one of the best fights of the year with Jung securing a fourth-round finish in a thrilling battle. He’s 3-1 in his UFC tenure and has netted three Fight Night bonuses. That includes a dynamic seven-second Knockout of the Night effort against Mark Hominick at UFC 140.
Unfortunately, shoulder injuries continue to plague the South Korean fighter at a time when things are definitely heating up in the featherweight division. There are a number of exciting future clashes to explore for Jung when he is finally healthy enough to compete again. With the Jung’s proven track record, he’s bound to make his return to UFC action an entertaining one.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports