Injuries have started to take their toll on the UFC’s roster, asand this weekend’s revamped UFC 161 card is a good example. Now comes news that the UFC 163 event scheduled for August has lost it’s high gloss main event of Jose Aldo versus Anthony Pettis for the UFC Featherweight Title, due to an injury to the challenger Pettis. Though UFC President Dana White was reluctant to label the match a ‘superfight’, Pettis was coming down from 155 lbs after a great win to challenge the increasingly dominant Jose Aldo, so the match was getting a lot of attention. Stepping into the match is Jung Chan Sung, better known as the Korean Zombie.
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The Korean Zombie will add an extra international flavor to the fight, as he becomes the first fighter from Korea to fight for a UFC title and that is sure to get him big attention in his native land, where he is already known for his fighting exploits.
He has a diversified attack, and he has won bonuses for KO of the Night, Submission of the Night, and Fight of the Night so he is an exciting fighter who is willing to take punishment to dish it out.
The Korean Zombie, however has not fought since 2012, so he will be looking at a layoff that is a bit longer than usual. Against a champion as sharp and precise as Aldo, any sort of ring rust would be a major problem.
Additionally, despite having a 3-0 record in the UFC< he does not have a great signature win over a fighter as skilled as Aldo. As a matter of fact, nothing is even really close. He was able to KO Mark Hominick who was on the verge of retirement, and he picked up a nice win over Dustin Poirier, but that may not really be enough to have earned a title shot.
Though it will be an exciting bout, the finish will look a lot like Aldo’s fight with Chad Mendes – a short feeling out process, and as Mendes got comfortable and started taking more risks, he got caught and clobbered by Aldo. The Zombie is known for being aggressive, which plays right into Aldo’s hands. We may be looking at a line that will have Aldo as a prohibitve favorite.