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One of the disadvantages that Chan Sung Jung had to deal with in his recent featherweight title challenge against Jose Aldo was the fact that he was coming back from 15 months of inactivity due to shoulder surgery. Jung’s fight against Aldo didn’t go so well — leaving him with a TKO loss, a dislocated shoulder, a fractured orbital bone, and a jacked-up foot — and unfortunately, any hope of the Korean Zombie rebuilding momentum has gone out of the window.
Jung’s manager Brian Rhee confirmed with MMAFighting that the fighter was forced to undergo surgeries for his shoulder and orbital bone injuries. Rhee’s initial statement was that Jung would be out for up to a year, depending on how rehab goes, though the length of Jung’s layoff is currently undetermined. (“It’s wait and see as of right now,” Rhee said. “I had misunderstood the doctors prognosis.”)
The danger for Jung is two-fold: Becoming a forgotten man in such a talent-rich division — which will become even more clogged at the top the longer that Jose Aldo sits out — and turning in another sub-par performance in his return fight, which could drop him even further out of the contender picture. Get well soon, bro.