MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR TUESDAY: KOREAN ZOMBIE INJURED YET AGAIN
Fight fans will unfortunately have to wait a little longer to see The Korean Zombie back in action. In accordance with MMA-in-Asia. Com, who confirmed the news with the fighter’s manager, Chan Sung Jung re-injured his shoulder and was forced to pull out of his scheduled fight against Akira Corassani, which had been set to take place October 4 in Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. Jung hasn’t fought since injuring his shoulder in his title fight against UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo back in UFC 163. He had surgery on his shoulder and was expected to make his comeback this fall after over a year out of their cage, but according to the post at MMA-in-Asia, Jung re-injured the exact same shoulder through his training camp for Corassani. According to the guide, Jung has no structural damage and is to be re-evaluated by a doctor in a month. Jung is one of the most exciting fighters in the game pound-for-pound bar none, but it seems like injuries have really taken their toll on him and now it is uncertain if he will ever have the ability to fight again at precisely the same caliber he did before each his injuries. At one point, Jung was on a three-fight win series at the UFC featherweight division with victories over Dustin Poirier, Mark Hominick and Leonard Garcia, shooting the trifecta of Battle of the Night, Knockout of the evening and Entry of the Night in the process, but because the win over Poirier in May 2012 Jung has fought just 1 time, dropping to Aldo via fourth-round TKO at UFC 163, and at the stage it does not seem like he’ll step into the cage until 2015. It is very disappointing news for lovers of The Korean Zombie anyplace, but the 27-year-old South Korean has only hit some sort of low point in his profession and he will bounce back from it earlier rather than later. As for who will confront Corassani currently in the co-main occasion of UFC Fight Night 53, it’s quite tough to say at this time, but a few options include Jeremy Stephens, Clay Guida, and Diego Brandao, three”name” fighters looking to bounce back from losses and who are available to fight. Although Corassani is not a great fighter, he’s very exciting and the UFC retains giving him high-profile matchups, i.e. Jung, Poirier. But we’ll see what UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby has up his sleeve for his replacement opponent for UFC Fight Night 53 — only hopefully whoever he chooses is somebody who will put on as fun of a series as the Zombie could have.
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