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

Fight fans will regrettably have to wait a little longer to find The Korean Zombie back in action. In accordance with MMA-in-Asia. Com, who confirmed the information with all 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, which was set to take place October 4 at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. Jung has not fought since injuring his shoulder into his title fight against UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo back at UFC 163. He had surgery on his shoulder and has been expected to make his comeback this autumn after over a year from their cage, but according to the article at MMA-in-Asia, Jung re-injured the same shoulder during his coaching camp for Corassani. According to the article, Jung has no structural damage and is to be re-evaluated by a doctor at a month. Jung is one of the most exciting fighters in the game pound-for-pound bar none, but it seems like injuries have really taken their toll on him and now it’s unclear if he’ll ever have the ability to fight at precisely the exact same caliber he did before all his injuries. At one point, Jung was on a three-fight win streak in the UFC featherweight division with successes over Dustin Poirier, Mark Hominick and Leonard Garcia, capturing the trifecta of Battle of the Night, Knockout of the evening and Entry of the Night in the process, but since the triumph over Poirier in May 2012 Jung has fought just 1 time, dropping to Aldo through fourth-round TKO at UFC 163, and at this point it doesn’t look like he will step into the cage again until 2015. It’s very disappointing news for lovers of The Korean Zombie everywhere, but hopefully the 27-year-old South Korean has only hit some type of low point in his career and he will bounce back from it earlier rather than later. As for who will confront Corassani now in the co-main occasion of UFC Fight Night 53, it’s quite tough to say at this point, but some choices 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 is not a great fighter, he is very exciting and the UFC keeps 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 put on as fun of a series since the Zombie would have.

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