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Chan Sung Jung Is Planning His Comeback, So Here’s A Bunch Of Videos of Him Kicking Ass


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Back in 2014, Chan Sung Jung shocked the MMA world by announcing that he would be leaving the sport behind to fulfill a two-year mandatory military service required in his native South Korea. Although he had spent the majority of the two years prior to that nursing various injuries, it was his final fight in the octagon — a back-and-forth battle with Jose Aldo at UFC 163 — that proved just how much of a terror he would be for 99% of the UFC’s top featherweights.

But mostly, we remember “The Korean Zombie” for the consistently epic brawls he engaged in while under both the WEC and UFC banners. Whether it was in losing efforts like his first fight against Leonard Garcia or in triumphs like his battle with Dustin Poirier, Jung quickly earned a reputation as one of the sport’s most entertaining 145ers.

With his service now coming to a close, sources close to Jung told MMAFighting that the former title challenger is looking to make his return to the cage sometime in late 2016 or early 2017. The Zombie is back, so to ring in the celebration, we’ve gathered as many of his fight videos and highlights as we were legally allowed to. Head after the jump for the full treatment.

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Chan Sung Jung Enters Mandatory Military Service, Will Not Return to Action for Two Years


(So this is what boot camp is like in South Korea, eh? *immediately purchases plane ticket*)

It has been well over a year since the MMA world has laid an eye on Chan Sung Jung. If you recall, “The Korean Zombie” broke approximately half the bones in his body against Jose Aldo at UFC 163 before dislocating his shoulder in the fourth round, and only recently popped up in July to angle for a fight with Nik Lentz on Twitter. A perennial fan favorite with 2 Fight of the Year awards to his credit, Jung was scheduled to face Akira Corassani at Fight Night 53 before reinjuring his shoulder and further delaying his return.

And unfortunately, it looks like we won’t be seeing the Zombie for a lot longer. Like Dominick Cruz long. In an interview with MMAFighting earlier today, Jung’s manager, Brian Rhee, revealed that his client would be stepping away from the sport for two years (!!!) to fulfill the mandatory military service required by all South Korean male citizens.

He feels bad for his fans and thankful to the UFC, Dana and the Ferttitas for letting him be a professional fighter,” Rhee said. “He’s going to rehab, train and comeback stronger than ever after the end of the 2 years!”

Jung, 27, is scheduled to report to basic training on October 20.

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Chan Sung Jung Re-Injures Shoulder, October Fight With Akira Corassani Scrapped [UPDATED]


(Jung would later tell his wife that he “just landed on it funny.” / Photo via mmashare)

As first reported by MMA in Asia, UFC featherweight contender Chan Sung Jung (aka The Korean Zombie) has suffered a strain to his right shoulder in training, and has pulled out of his scheduled bout against Akira Corassani at UFC Fight Night 53, October 4th in Stockholm. Jung will reportedly be able to resume training after four weeks of rehab.

Jung’s injured shoulder is the same one that was dislocated in gnarly fashion during his unsuccessful title challenge against Jose Aldo at UFC 163 in August 2013. Jung underwent surgery to fix that injury — his second such procedure following a previous shoulder operation in 2012.

No word yet on whether or not Corassani will remain on the Stockholm card against a new opponent. UFC Fight Night 53 will be headlined by Gunnar Nelson vs. Rick Story, and will also feature Ilir Latifi vs. Jan Blachowicz.

Update: Corassani will remain on the card against replacement opponent Max Holloway, who has won his last three fights by stoppage.

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UFC Booking Alert: “The Korean Zombie” Returns to the Octagon Against Akira Corassani at UFC Fight Night 53

Chang Sung Jung is back! He’s been out of commission for over a year, but he’s finally just been booked for a fight. He’ll be facing Akira Corassani at UFC Fight Night 53 in Sweden. The card takes place on October 4th.

This will be the card’s co-main event.

Jung hasn’t fought since August 2013 at UFC 163. He lost to Jose Aldo in the fourth round via TKO–a fight in which “The Korean Zombie” dislocated his shoulder. The injury has sidelined him ever since. Before that fight, Jung had wowed audiences with a three-fight, three-finish winning streak over the likes of Leonard Garcia (when beating him still meant something), Mark Hominick, and Dustin Poirier. The fight against Corassani is an excellent chance for Jung to rebound (and maybe score another submission via twister).

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Chan Sung Jung Undergoes Two Surgeries, Might Have Another Long Layoff Ahead of Him


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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.

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Dear God, The Injuries Just Keep Piling Up in This Zombie/Aldo Aftermath [UPDATED w/MORE INJURIES]


(“I was expecting more than a hodgepodge of moves just out there to titillate the taste buds. Where’s the twist-turns?! WHERE’S THE CHASSE CAPS?! 2 out of 10 stars.” / Photo via Getty) 

If you thought the broken foot and dislocated shoulder that Jose Aldo and Chan Sung Jung respectively fought through at UFC 163 were gnarly enough, then you probably didn’t hear that Aldo was also diagnosed with kidney stones shortly after the fight. And if you think that’s bad, you have probably yet to hear the latest development — turns out, “The Korean Zombie” also suffered a fractured orbital bone during the fight, as revealed yesterday by FoxSports.com.

The “Korean Zombie” also suffered a fractured orbital bone during the loss, his manager Brian “Shug” Rhee told FOX Sports.

Orbital bone breaks are often seen in combat sports like MMA and boxing. Treatment and recovery time vary depending on severity. According to Rhee, Jung is expected to visit specialists for both his shoulder and eye by the end of the week, and should have more information about his expected prognosis then.

Yep, Bob Sapp is still a pussy.

Honestly, we can’t recall the last time two men suffered so many in-ring and delayed injuries from a single fight. Unless you consider a Brazilian gas station a “ring,” which they obviously do, so we don’t know why we just made that last statement.

Update: This is unreal. One of these two gentleman just reported *another* injury, the details of which are after the jump.

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Gallery: Seven Images/Gifs That Accurately Sum Up UFC 163

1. Vinny Magalhaes Unknowingly Shows Anthony Perosh the Key to Victory

(Photo via Esther Lin/MMAFighting.)

2. MMA Judging: It’s a Crapshoot, Really

3. That Awkward Moment When You Get Punched so Hard You Turn Into JB Smoove.

(Photo via Getty)

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Jose Aldo’s Broken Foot Will Likely Keep Him Sidelined Until 2014


(Could be worse, I guess. / Photo by Esther Lin for MMAFighting.)

Shortly after Jose Aldo‘s latest triumph at UFC 163, the UFC featherweight champ was hit with a harsh dose of reality. X-rays have confirmed that Aldo did indeed break his right foot during his successful title defense against Chan Sung Jung, and he isn’t expected to fight again this year.

As Aldo explained following the event, the injury happened midway through the first round, when Jung checked an attempted leg-kick, and Aldo’s foot cracked against the Korean Zombie’s knee. Check out the photo above (or any of these) to see the balloon-like swelling that Aldo was dealing with for four rounds, before he ended the fight by TKO with a little help from Jung’s own gnarly shoulder-dislocation.

Injuries have not been Aldo’s friend during his reign as the UFC’s inaugural featherweight champion. Just days after receiving his belt following the WEC’s merger with the UFC, Aldo withdrew from his first UFC title defense against Josh Grispi due to a neck injury. The following year, another injury postponed Aldo’s fight against Chad Mendes. And last year, Aldo had to pull out of two scheduled title defenses, first against Erik Koch, then against Frankie Edgar.

Aldo’s inactivity has created a logjam of 145-pound contenders waiting for their shot at the title. Unfortunately, they’ll all have to wait a little longer.

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‘UFC 163: Aldo vs. Korean Zombie’ Aftermath: The Wrong Hands


(Photo courtesy of Josh Hedges/Getty Images.)

By George Shunick

If you dropped upwards of $50 on UFC 163 last night, you’re probably pretty frustrated right about now. This isn’t to say that UFC 163 was the worst pay-per-view in recent memory – although it certainly wasn’t the best – but that it failed to meet expectations across the board. The main event saw a fairly solid fight end early after the challenger, Chang Sung Jung, dislocated his shoulder and the champion, Jose Aldo, took advantage of that fact in brutal fashion. Meanwhile, in the co-main event, Lyoto Machida somehow managed to lose to Phil Davis despite landing harder, cleaner strikes, more strikes overall, dictating the exchanges, taking virtually no damage, stuffing 80% of Davis’ takedowns, and being better by virtually any acceptable metric. And while there were some bright spots from the other fights, it just wasn’t enough to overshadow that feeling that what should have been simply wasn’t in the fights we really cared about.

The main event itself, in a way, was hampered from the get-go. In the first round the Korean Zombie checked an Aldo leg kick, possibly breaking Aldo’s right foot. As a result, the champion was forced to call upon his other weapons. In particular, he favored the jab he developed prior to his last fight against Frankie Edgar. Because he’s an exceptional fighter, Aldo was able to still take the fight to Jung without his primary weapon, but began to slow in the third. Whether that’s because Aldo is getting too large for the division and was fatigued from cutting weight or because fighting on a broken foot kind of sucks, I don’t know. But Jung began to gain some momentum heading into the fourth round. There, as he threw a right cross, Aldo countered with a left hook over Jung’s outstretched arm. As Jung’s arm was exposed to the awkward momentum generated from colliding with Aldo’s hook, his shoulder dislocated. The Korean Zombie gritted his teeth and tried to pop the arm back in, but Aldo smelled blood, took him down, and unloaded with ground and pound. While it may not have been enough to stop a fight against a healthy Jung, Herb Dean noticed Jung was unable to defend himself and stopped it.

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UFC 163: Aldo vs. Korean Zombie — Live Results & Commentary


(Zombies don’t make eye-contact. It’s, like, way too intimate. / Photo via MMAFighting.com)

Tonight, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo returns to his homeland to take on South Korean crowd-pleaser Chan Sung Jung — a name that has become synonymous with fast-paced brawls and insane finishes. Will Aldo end the night embraced in the sweaty arms of his countrymen, or will the Korean Zombie put a gruesome end to the champ’s 15-fight win streak?

Also on the UFC 163 lineup: Phil Davis has the honor of being the only American on the pay-per-view card as he tries to put his hands on Lyoto Machida, and former UFC middleweight title contender Thales Leites returns from four years in exile in a fight against British banger Tom Watson. Plus, Cezar Ferreira and John Lineker gobble up some fresh meat.

CagePotato liveblogger supreme Anthony Gannon will be firing off round-by-round results from the “Aldo vs. Korean Zombie” main card after the jump, beginning at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. Refresh the page every few minutes for all the latest, and please drop your own thoughts in the comments section.

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