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“TKZ”: “Aldo is Close to Perfect”

Kelsey Mowatt

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In less than a month, Chang Sung Jung will get his chance to shock the MMA world (the sport’s post UFC 162 landscape may be settled by then) when he takes on  Jose Aldo and the UFC featherweight champ’s 15 fight winning streak. You may have noticed heading into the event there isn’t a high profile “Aldo’s toughest test yet” narrative, since “The Korean Zombie” is a massive underdog heading into the bout. Case in point, some of the betting lines have Aldo at -800…now that’s what you call a favorite.

Of course, “TKZ” was tapped as a replacement for Anthony Pettis, who had to withdraw from UFC 163 due to a knee injury. While most observers likely believe Pettis had a better shot of ending Aldo’s reign, thousands of people are still ridiculously excited to see how Jung fares against the champ. While speaking to MMA recently, the 26 year-old “Korean Zombie” had this to say about Aldo, who currently sits at #4 on the UFC’s pound-for-pound list.

“Aldo is close to perfect as a fighter and I realize that I have shortcomings in my game,” he said. “On paper it may not look like a good fight, but in MMA things happen that you can’t predict on paper. I think the difference may come down to the mental game.”

“If there’s an opportunity for a takedown, I’ll take advantage of it, but I’m very confident in my striking. So I don’t mind if the fight stays standing.”

It seems like most fans and pundits believe a well rounded wrestler is likely the type of fighter who would pose the most difficulties to Aldo, but the renowned fighter has already handed men like Chad Mendes, Frankie Edgar, Mike Brown and Urijah Faber defeats. But then again, Aldo probably hasn’t fought somebody with the kind of approach (or chin) “TKZ” brings into the Octagon. It should be a fascinating night.

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