MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR TUESDAY: KOREAN ZOMBIE INJURED YET AGAIN

Fight fans will regrettably have to wait a bit more time to see The Korean Zombie back in action. According to MMA-in-Asia. Com, who confirmed the information with the fighter’s supervisor, Chan Sung Jung re-injured his shoulder and has been forced to pull out of 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 from the cage, but according to the post at MMA-in-Asia, Jung re-injured exactly the exact same shoulder through his training camp for Corassani. According to the guide, Jung doesn’t have structural damage and is to be re-evaluated by a doctor in a month. Jung is one of the most exciting fighters in the sport pound-for-pound bar none, but it seems like accidents have taken their toll upon him and at this point it’s unclear if he’ll ever be able to fight again at precisely the same grade he did before all his injuries. At one stage, Jung was on a three-fight win streak in the UFC featherweight branch with victories over Dustin Poirier, Mark Hominick and Leonard Garcia, shooting the trifecta of Fight of the Night, Knockout of the Night and Entry of the Night in the process, but because the win over Poirier in May 2012 Jung has fought just 1 time, losing to Aldo through fourth-round TKO at UFC 163, and at this stage it doesn’t seem like he will step into the cage until 2015. It’s very disappointing news for lovers of The Korean Zombie anyplace, but the 27-year-old South Korean has only hit some sort of low point in his profession and he will bounce back from it sooner instead of later. As for who’ll confront Corassani now in the co-main occasion of UFC Fight Night 53, it is really hard to say at this time, but some options include Jeremy Stephens, Clay Guida, and Diego Brandao, three”name” fighters seeking to bounce back from losses and who are available to fight. Although Corassani isn’t a great fighter, he’s very exciting and the UFC retains 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 — only hopefully whoever he picks is somebody who will put on as fun of a series since the Zombie could have.

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