On Saturday July 3, Chang Sung Jung, passionately known as “The Korean Zombie,” will aim to make headlines at UFC 163 in Brazil by snatching UFC gold from Jose Aldo, the featherweight champion.
Jung’s shot at the title came when former WEC lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis, dropped out of his fight with Aldo due to a knee injury. Jung was originally slated to fight Ricardo Lamas at UFC 162.
The opportunities leaves the Korean Zombie with a chance to both win the featherweight strap, and raise his stock in the division. It could also lead to a setback that could shoot him to the back of a talent-filled featherweight division.
Chang Sung Jung had not tasted defeat since his octagon debut. The former WEC fighter has won three straight in the UFC. In his latest appearance Jung showed his well-rounded skills against Dustin Poirier. The Zombie utilized well timed clinch takedowns, an aggressive striking attack, and technical submission skills to break down the “diamond,” and land a d’arce choke in the fourth round.
If Jung claims the featherweight title at UFC 163 there will be a number of prospects itching for a shot at his belt. The most logical fight would be his original match up with number one contender, Ricardo Lamas. Lamas has been on a tear and has won three in a row since joining the UFC. The explosive wrestler started by submitting Cub Swanson in his UFC debut, then besting highly touted Hatsu Hioki, and most recently he violently pounding out dangerous striker, Eric Koch.
A hypothetical matchup between Jung and Lamas would put Lamas’ dominant wrestling and ground and pound against a heavy handed, submission savvy, Korean Zombie. Both have proved to have well rounded exciting styles, and both are proven finishers. The fight would prove whether or not Jung deserved the title shot more than Lamas.
If Jung should lose to Aldo on Saturday night, he gets thrust back in to the growing shark tank that is the featherweight division.
There are a number of matches that could place the Korean Zombie back at the top of the 145lb weight class.
A matchup between rising stars Cub Swanson would be a fight for the ages. Both fighters have an aggressive style that would cause fireworks inside the octagon. Both can finish the fight at any moment by either submission or knockout. A victory for Swanson would leave no doubt that he deserves another shot at Aldo, and a victory for Jung puts him right back into the upper echelon of the feather weight division.
Another logical match up would be the loser of the Clay Guida-Chad Mendes fight. Both fighters would be coming off a loss, and the winner of the bout would be instantly “in the mix.”
The Korean Zombie has proved to be a valuable asset to the UFC. His finishing style and versatile skills have made him a fan favorite. Win or lose the Korean Zombie will aim to make the match one to remember, and regardless of Saturday’s outcome Jung has a promising future in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.