Former UFC Featherweight Title challenger Chan Sung Jung has been out of the sport for the last two and a half years due to mandatory military service in his home country of South Korea, but he’s looking ahead to his return, potentially by the end of 2016.
According to a report from MMAFighting.com, “The Korean Zombie” will be finished with his mandatory service in mid-October, and he hopes to fight again at the latest by early 2017.
Jung was one of the UFC’s more popular fighters during his run out of the WEC and in the Octagon as well, putting on several excellent and entertaining performances. That included a run of three straight stoppage wins over Leonard Garcia, Mark Hominick, and Dustin Poirier to get his shot at Jose Aldo. That August 2013 bout with Aldo was his last, ending in the fourth round after Jung separated his shoulder.
Penick’s Analysis: It’ll be great to get Jung back into the fold. He was always an entertaining competitor, and if he gets back into the division with a win or two he could be a formidable foe for Conor McGregor, Frankie Edgar, or even in a rematch with Aldo down the line. Hopefully the time out won’t have been a negative on his overall game, but if he’s been healthy and in shape it shouldn’t be too much of an issue for him. Regardless, his return will be very welcome.
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