When Chan Sung Jung took on UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo at UFC 163, the popular fighter did so having not fought in over a year, and now “The Korean Zombie” is facing another prolonged stint on the sidelines.
Jung battled Aldo into the fourth round on August 3rd, but after separating his right shoulder he was quickly overwhelmed by the champ, and the bout was stopped. Initially, it was reported (and hoped) that Jung’s shoulder wouldn’t require surgery, but according to a follow up report from MMA Fighting.com that’s not the case. The 26 year-old, South Korean fighter’s manager Brian Rhee was quoted in the report saying:
“Most likely, he’ll be out a year,” Rhee said about Jung, who also broke his orbital bone at UFC 163 , “but that depends on how rehab goes.”
When Jung battled Aldo on August 3rd, he hadn’t fought since May, 2012, when he choked out Dustin Poirier at a UFC on FUEL TV card. “TKZ” underwent surgery on his left shoulder following the bout.
So, this is unfortunate news for Jung and his legions of fans, as the well rounded and aggressive fighter has been limited to one fight campaigns now in 2012 and 2013. Hopefully “TKZ” can get back sooner than later and can change that in 2014.
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