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


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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).

Sweden’s Akira Corassani is also coming off a loss. Dustrin Poirier outworked and overpowered him at the TUF: Nations finale back in April. Corassani’s loss to Poirier snapped a three-fight winning streak (though one of those wins was due to Maximo Blanco disqualifying himself via an illegal knee, whatever).

Both fighters are currently 3-1 in the UFC. What a marketing angle that could be. “Somebody’s 3-1 has got to go!”

Seriously though, this is an interesting match that goes along with an equally interesting main event: Gunnar Nelson vs. Rick Story.

A Fight Night card with more than one match worth watching. What a treat!

We’ll post more UFC Fight Night 53 updates as we get them.

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