MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR TUESDAY: KOREAN ZOMBIE INJURED YET AGAIN
Fight fans will regrettably have to wait a little more time 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 has been forced to pull from his scheduled fight against Akira Corassani, that was set to occur October 4 at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. Jung has not 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 was expected to make his comeback this autumn after over a year out of the cage, but according to the article at MMA-in-Asia, Jung re-injured the same shoulder during his training camp for Corassani. According to the article, Jung doesn’t have structural damage and is to be re-evaluated by a physician at a month. Jung is one of the most exciting fighters in the sport pound-for-pound bar none, but it seems like injuries have taken their toll on him and now it’s uncertain if he will ever be able to fight at precisely the exact same grade he did before all of his injuries. At one point, Jung was on a three-fight win streak at the UFC featherweight division with successes 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 win over Poirier in May 2012 Jung has fought only one time, losing to Aldo via fourth-round TKO at UFC 163, and at this point it does not look like he’ll step into the cage until 2015. It is very disappointing news for lovers of this Korean Zombie everywhere, but the 27-year-old South Korean has only hit some sort of low point in his profession and he will bounce back from it earlier instead of later. As for who will confront Corassani now in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 53, it is really tough to say at this time, but a few choices include Jeremy Stephens, Clay Guida, and Diego Brandao, three”name” fighters looking to bounce back from losses and who are available to combat. Although Corassani is not a great fighter, he’s quite exciting and the UFC retains giving him high profile matchups, i.e. Jung, Poirier. But we’ll see what UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby has up his sleeve for his replacement opponent for UFC Fight Night 53 — just hopefully whoever he picks is somebody who will wear as pleasure of a series since the Zombie would have.
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