Chan Sung Jung
31-Year-Old UFC Featherweight 14-4-0
May 1, 2018 Chan Sung Jung News
RotoWire Fantasy Analysis
Jung, who suffered a torn ACL and MCL last June, is close to receiving medical clearance to return, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.
Jung returned from a multi-year hiatus to KO Dennis Bermudez in early-2017, and the UFC rewarded him with a booking against a well-respected veteran in Ricardo Lamas. That fight never came to fruition, as Jung was forced to withdraw due to a serious knee injury. Almost a year later, Jung is awaiting medical clearance in one of the first meaningful reports to surface about his condition in quite some time. There have been rumors circulating of an event in South Korea this fall, but that may be just a little bit early for Jung's timetable. Nonetheless, it's encouraging to see that "The Korean Zombie" has a good chance of returning before the conclusion of 2018.
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Fantasy AnalysisFollowing Jung's withdrawal, it was disclosed that he had suffered a knee injury, but the severity was not yet known at that point. A post from his personal Instagram later revealed what appears to be a worst-case scenario. These injuries typically require at least a 12-month recovery timetable, so it looks like "The Korean Zombie" won't be ready for a return until the summer of 2018. It's an incredibly tough break for the 30-year-old, who recently returned from a three-year military service hiatus with an impressive KO victory over Dennis Bermudez in February.
Fantasy AnalysisThe hindrance forced Jung to withdraw from his scheduled fight against Ricardo Lamas, which had been scheduled for July 29 at UFC 214, and now will lead to a long-term recovery period. The Korean Zombie will look to recover as soon as possible after going under the knife, while Lamas continues to search for a potential replacement.
Fantasy AnalysisIt's a disappointing development for Jung, as he will miss out on his first opportunity to string together multiple wins since returning from his hiatus in February. It's unclear at this point how severe the 30-year-old's ailment is or even how he sustained it, so hopefully we'll get some clarity over the next few days or weeks. Lamas is still expected to fight on July 29 in Anaheim, though no replacement has been selected yet.
Fantasy AnalysisJung stormed back on to the scene after a two-year layoff to knock out Dennis Bermudez in the first round, and will look to continue building momentum against an equally formidable fighter in Lamas. Both Jung and Lamas share a common loss to current champion Jose Aldo, but what true featherweight hasn't lost to Aldo during his streak of dominance from 2006 to 2014? Jung is five years younger than Lamas, and will carry a slight reach advantage into the Octagon, per Fightmetric. Lamas has been an active fighter against the division's top talent, though -- a metric that is difficult to account for in this fight.
Fantasy AnalysisZombie! Zombie! It's been so long since Jung had fought (August 3, 2013 to be precise), that this was the first blurb about him since RotoWire started covering MMA. It's safe to say that there will be many more to come. Fresh off mandatory military service for his native South Korea, Jung announced his return to the UFC's featherweight division in a major way. After the two combatants exchanged shots over the course of the first few minutes of the fight, Jung unloaded with an uppercut and a brief follow up shot that finished Bermudez off. Despite all the time away, Jung's takedown defense was exceptional and he showed the power he posses, even if we haven't seen it on a regular basis. The return of The Korean Zombie opens up a ton of possibilities for the UFC featherweight division.