31 Jul MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR TUESDAY: KOREAN ZOMBIE INJURED YET AGAIN
Fight fans will unfortunately have to wait a little longer to see The Korean Zombie back in action. According to MMA-in-Asia. Com, who confirmed the information with all the fighter’s manager, Chan Sung Jung re-injured his shoulder and has been forced to pull from his scheduled fight against Akira Corassani, that had been 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 in UFC 163. He had surgery on his shoulder and has been expected to make his comeback this fall after over a year out of the cage, but according to the article at MMA-in-Asia, Jung re-injured exactly the same shoulder through his coaching camp for Corassani. According to the guide, Jung has no structural damage and is to be re-evaluated by a doctor at a month. Jung is one of the most exciting fighters in the sport pound-for-pound bar none, but it seems like accidents have taken their toll on him and now it’s unclear if he’ll ever be able to fight at the same grade he did before each of his injuries. At one stage, Jung was on a three-fight win streak in the UFC featherweight division with victories over Dustin Poirier, Mark Hominick and Leonard Garcia, shooting the trifecta of Fight of the Night, Knockout of the evening and Submission of the Night in the procedure, but because the triumph over Poirier in May 2012 Jung has fought just 1 time, losing to Aldo via fourth-round TKO at UFC 163, and at this stage it doesn’t seem like he will step into the cage until 2015. It’s very disappointing news for fans of this Korean Zombie everywhere, but the 27-year-old South Korean has hit some type of low point in his career and he will bounce back from it earlier rather than later. As for who’ll face Corassani currently in the co-main occasion of UFC Fight Night 53, it is quite hard to say at this point, but some options include Jeremy Stephens, Clay Guida, and Diego Brandao, three”name” fighters seeking to bounce back from losses and who are available to fight. Although Corassani isn’t a great fighter, he’s quite exciting and the UFC keeps 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 — only hopefully whoever he picks is somebody who will wear as fun of a series as the Zombie would have.
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