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UFC 163: “TKZ” Says Lamas “Was Next in Line”

Ricardo Lamas

Chan Sung Jung may have been preparing to violently end the title run of Ricardo Lamas at UFC 162, but the featherweight apparently feels bad about the fact he was chosen over Lamas to fight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 163. “The Korean Zombie” was picked to replace Anthony Pettis at the August 3rd event, who had to withdraw due to a knee injury.

In a recent interview with MMA Fighting.com’s Ariel Helwani, Jung had this to say about the plight of Lamas, who has won four straight and is coming off a crushing victory over Erik Koch.

I do feel bad about it. I honestly think he was next in line, due to my time off, but I was told I was getting the next title shot after the Poirier fight. While I do feel bad for him, I wouldn’t give this opportunity up for the world.

Yes, it’s hard to imagine a man nicknamed after a zombie telling the UFC he can’t accept a title fight because he feels bad. It’s also cool to see that Jung understands why Lamas may have been choked about the decision, as he’s also been on quite the run.

Jung, on the other hand, has won three straight fights in awe inspiring fashion, after dropping back-to-back bouts Leonard Garcia and George Roop. He hasn’t fought since last May due to shoulder surgery.

UFC 163 will be hosted by the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro Brazil.

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