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

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Fight fans will unfortunately have to wait a bit longer to find The Korean Zombie back in action. In accordance with MMA-in-Asia. Com, who confirmed the information with the fighter’s supervisor, Chan Sung Jung re-injured his shoulder and was forced to pull from his scheduled fight against Akira Corassani, which had been set to take place October 4 in 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 fall after over a year out of the cage, but according to the article at MMA-in-Asia, Jung re-injured the exact same shoulder through his training camp for Corassani. According to the article, 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 injuries have really taken their toll upon him and at this point it’s uncertain if he’ll ever be able to fight at the same grade he did before each his injuries. At one stage, Jung was on a three-fight win streak in the UFC featherweight branch with successes over Dustin Poirier, Mark Hominick and Leonard Garcia, shooting the trifecta of Battle of the Night, Knockout of the evening and Entry of the Night at the process, but since the win over Poirier in May 2012 Jung has fought only one time, losing to Aldo via fourth-round TKO in UFC 163, and at the stage it doesn’t seem like he’ll step into the cage again until 2015. It is very disappointing news for fans of this Korean Zombie anyplace, but hopefully the 27-year-old South Korean has only hit some sort of low point in his career and he can bounce back from it earlier instead of later. As for who’ll confront Corassani now in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 53, it’s really hard to say at this time, but a few choices include Jeremy Stephens, Clay Guida, and Diego Brandao, three »title » fighters looking to bounce back from losses and that are available to combat. Although Corassani isn’t a fantastic fighter, he’s quite exciting and the UFC retains giving him high-profile matchups, i.e. Jung, Poirier. But we’ll see what UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby has up his sleeve for his replacement opponent for UFC Fight Night 53 — only hopefully whoever he chooses is somebody who will wear as fun of a show as the Zombie could have.

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