06 Oct MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR TUESDAY: KOREAN ZOMBIE INJURED YET AGAIN
Fight fans will regrettably have to wait a little longer to find The Korean Zombie back in action. According to MMA-in-Asia. Com, who confirmed the information with the fighter’s manager, Chan Sung Jung re-injured his shoulder and was forced to pull from his scheduled fight against Akira Corassani, that was set to occur October 4 in Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. Jung hasn’t fought since injuring his shoulder in his title fight against UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo back at UFC 163. He had surgery on his shoulder and has been expected to make his comeback this autumn after over a year from their cage, but according to the post at MMA-in-Asia, Jung re-injured exactly the same shoulder during his training camp for Corassani. According to the guide, Jung doesn’t have structural damage and is to be re-evaluated by a physician in a month. Jung is one of the most exciting fighters in the game pound-for-pound bar none, but it feels like injuries have taken their toll upon him and now it is uncertain if he’ll ever be able to fight at the same grade he did before all his injuries. At one point, Jung was on a three-fight win streak in the UFC featherweight branch with victories over Dustin Poirier, Mark Hominick and Leonard Garcia, capturing the trifecta of Battle of the Night, Knockout of the Night and Entry of the Night in the process, but since the win over Poirier in May 2012 Jung has fought just one time, dropping to Aldo via fourth-round TKO in UFC 163, and at this point it does not seem like he’ll step into the cage again until 2015. It is very disappointing news for lovers of The Korean Zombie anyplace, but the 27-year-old South Korean has only hit some sort of low point in his career and he will bounce back from it earlier instead of later. As for who’ll confront Corassani currently in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 53, it’s quite hard to say at this point, but some options include Jeremy Stephens, Clay Guida, and Diego Brandao, three”name” fighters looking to bounce back from losses and who are available to fight. Although Corassani is not a fantastic fighter, he’s quite exciting and the UFC retains giving him high-profile matchups, i.e. Jung, Poirier. But we will see what UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby has up his sleeve for his replacement competition for UFC Fight Night 53 — just hopefully whoever he picks is somebody who will wear as fun of a series as the Zombie would have.
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