MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR TUESDAY: KOREAN ZOMBIE INJURED YET AGAIN
Fight fans will unfortunately have to wait a bit more time to see The Korean Zombie back in action. According to MMA-in-Asia. Com, who confirmed the news with all the fighter’s manager, Chan Sung Jung re-injured his shoulder and has been forced to pull from his scheduled fight against Akira Corassani, that was set to take place October 4 at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. Jung has not 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 has been expected to make his comeback this autumn after over a year out of their cage, but according to the article at MMA-in-Asia, Jung re-injured the same shoulder through his coaching camp for Corassani. According to the article, 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 upon him and at this point it’s unclear if he’ll ever be able to fight again at the exact same caliber he did before each of his injuries. At one stage, Jung was on a three-fight win series in the UFC featherweight branch with successes over Dustin Poirier, Mark Hominick and Leonard Garcia, shooting the trifecta of Battle of the Night, Knockout of the evening and Submission of the Night in the process, but since the win over Poirier in May 2012 Jung has fought only one time, dropping to Aldo via fourth-round TKO in UFC 163, and at this point it does not look like he’ll step into the cage again until 2015. It’s very disappointing news for fans of this Korean Zombie anyplace, but the 27-year-old South Korean has only hit some type of low point in his career 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 is really tough to say at this time, but a few choices include Jeremy Stephens, Clay Guida, and Diego Brandao, three”title” fighters looking to bounce back from losses and that are available to fight. Although Corassani isn’t a great fighter, he’s quite exciting and the UFC keeps giving him high-profile matchups, i.e. Jung, Poirier. But we will see what UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby has up his sleeve for his replacement opponent for UFC Fight Night 53 — just hopefully whoever he chooses is somebody who will put on as fun of a series as the Zombie would have.