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One intriguing UFC 214 featherweight matchup has been swapped for another.
But Lamas now has a new foe: Jason Knight, the Mississippi hotshot working his way through the division. MMA Fighting confirmed the news after an initial report made by the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old Knight (17-2) has won four straight fights since dropping his UFC debut in 2015. Knight most recently scored a second-round technical knockout over Chas Kelly at UFC 211 for his 13th career stoppage win.
Lamas (17-5), a former featherweight title challenger, has won two out of his past three fights. In his most recent bout, Lamas scored a second-round submission over Charles Oliveira at UFC Fight Night 98.
“The Korean Zombie” is finally close to returning to action.
According to multiple sources, the UFC is currently working towards booking Chan Sung Jung vs. Dennis Bermudez as the main event for the Feb. 4 Fight Night event in Houston.
Jung (13-4) hasn’t fought since his Aug. 2013 featherweight title loss to Jose Aldo. He was forced to walk away from the sport for two years in order to fulfill his mandatory military service required of South Korean male citizens.
“I think this may extend my career,” Jung told MMAFighting.com in 2014, “because it gives me some much needed time to heal I’ll have time to work on my skills without pushing myself to the limit, which is necessary when training for a fight.”
Bermudez (16-5) has won his last two fights in a row. He most recently beat Rony Jason via unanimous decision in August.
The event, which will take place at the Toyota Center, marks just the second time since 2004 that the promotion doesn’t hold an event in Las Vegas on Super Bowl weekend. And like with UFC 169 in Newark, N.J. in 2014, the reason for the switch is because FOX is broadcasting the Super Bowl from Houston next year.
It has been well over a year since the MMA world has laid an eye on Chan Sung Jung. If you recall, “The Korean Zombie” broke approximately half the bones in his body against Jose Aldo at UFC 163 before dislocating his shoulder in the fourth round, and only recently popped up in July to angle for a fight with Nik Lentz on Twitter. A perennial fan favorite with 2 Fight of the Year awards to his credit, Jung was scheduled to face Akira Corassani at Fight Night 53 before reinjuring his shoulder and further delaying his return.
And unfortunately, it looks like we won’t be seeing the Zombie for a lot longer. Like Dominick Cruz long. In an interview with MMAFighting earlier today, Jung’s manager, Brian Rhee, revealed that his client would be stepping away from the sport for two years (!!!) to fulfill the mandatory military service required by all South Korean male citizens.
He feels bad for his fans and thankful to the UFC, Dana and the Ferttitas for letting him be a professional fighter,” Rhee said. “He’s going to rehab, train and comeback stronger than ever after the end of the 2 years!”
Jung, 27, is scheduled to report to basic training on October 20.
It’s an unfortunate, albeit honorable decision by Jung, and while it sucks that we won’t see him for another two years, it would be selfish and downright despicable to lash out at Jung or, say, the South Korean military for this development, right?
Chan Sung Jung, the UFC featherweight fan-favorite affectionately nicknamed “The Korean Zombie,” is expected to be sidelined from mixed martial arts for the next two years to fulfill his mandatory military service required of male South Korea citizens, Jung’s manager Brian Rhee revealed to MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani.
“He feels bad for his fans and thankful to the UFC, Dana and the Ferttitas for letting him be a professional fighter,” Rhee said. “He’s going to rehab, train and comeback stronger than ever after the end of the 2 years!”
Jung, 27, is scheduled to report to basic training on October 20.
The No. 6 ranked featherweight on the UFC’s media-generated rankings, Jung (13-4) has been sidelined since suffering a dislocated shoulder midway through the fourth-round of his failed title bid against UFC champion Jose Aldo in August 2013. Jung was expected to return against Akira Corassani earlier this month, however another injury ultimately forced the South Korean veteran to withdraw from the fight.
Jung owns five post-fight performance bonuses over his six combined UFC and WEC appearances since 2010, including a ‘Submission of the Night’ bonus for his rarely-seen twister finish of Leonard Garcia. Jung earned his title shot by defeating Dustin Poirier in MMAFighting.com’s ’2012 Fight of the Year.’
Aldo next defends his title on October 25th when he faces Chad Mendes in the main event of UFC 179. Aldo previously defeated Mendes in January of 2012 at UFC 142, where he stopped the American by TKO in the first round.
It will have been more than a year since Chan Sung Jung stepped in the Octagon, but “The Korean Zombie” is back. The UFC announced on Saturday morning that Jung will take on Akira Corassani at UFC Fight Night 53, which takes place on Oct. 4 in Stockholm, Sweden.
The featherweight bout will be the co-main event.
Jung last fought in Aug. 2013 at UFC 163 against Jose Aldo for the 145-pound belt. He came up short in his title bid, and also suffered a separated shoulder that shelved him from action. Before his bout with Aldo, Jung had rattled off three victories in a row, including a memorable Fight of the Year candidate against Dustin Poirier. The popular Korean fighter also had the Submission of the Year in his fight against Leonard Garcia in 2011, when he finished the Jackson’s fighter with a rarely seen twister.
For Corassani, it’s a return home to his native Sweden. The 31-year old fighter, who hails from Lund but now trains out of New York with Renzo Gracie, had also won three fights in a row before having the streak snapped in April at the The Ultimate Fighter: Nations finale in Quebec City against Poirier. Corassani is an alum of TUF 14, where he lost in the semi-finals against Dennis Bermudez. He has gone 3-1 in the UFC since then.
UFC Fight Night 53 will take place at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm on Oct. 4. The card will be headlined by Icelandic upstart Gunnar Nelson in a welterweight bout against Rick Story. Tickets for the event go on sale Aug. 22.
As UFC Tonight’s Ariel Helwani reported on Wednesday night, Jung’s manager Brian Rhee has informed him that the popular featherweight has fully recovered from a fractured orbital bone that he sustained in that title fight last summer, and is eying a return in either August or September. Rhee said that Jung is also “90 percent” recovered from the dislocated shoulder he suffered in that fight, as well, and should be able to begin training again soon.
As for who The Korean Zombie would like to face upon his return, Rhee said Jung was interested in fighting former No. 1 contender Ricardo Lamas, who lost to Aldo via unanimous decision at UFC 169 in February.
Lamas, however, said that he would prefer not to wait that long to compete again, as he wants to sneak in another fight before the UFC’s inaugural visit to Mexico City in November at UFC 180 — a card that he very much wants to be on. In the meantime, the Chicago-based fighter said he would like to face either Dustin Poirier or Dennis Bermudez next.
The 25-year old Poirier is coming off an impressive victory over Akira Corassani at the TUF Nations finale in Quebec City, which earned Fight of the Night honors. Bermudez has reeled off six wins in a row, the latest coming at UFC 171 in March against Jimy Hettes (which he won via third-round TKO).
Helwani reported that the UFC told Lamas “no” on those fights, so Lamas is still waiting to find out who he will face next.
Meanwhile, Bermudez said that should the UFC like the idea of booking him against “The Korean Zombie” for late summer, he would be open to it.