It looks like Chan Sung Jung’s return to active competition just hit a major long-term roadblock.
Fans of the ‘Korean Zombie’ Chan Sung Jung waited nearly 4 years to see him return to the cage following his 4th Round TKO loss to Jose Aldo back in 2013. A series of injuries and some mandatory military service put a hold on his career, but when he finally did make it back, it was almost like he’d never left at all.
The Korean Zombie returned to action back in February, against top ranked featherweight Dennis Bermudez. He ate punches, he came forward, and then he won by spectacular KO, just like old times.
Unfortunately, also just like old times, it looks like fans are going to be waiting a long time before they see KZ back in the cage. Chan Sung Jung was preparing to fight Ricardo Lamas at UFC 214, when he was pulled from the bout due to a knee injury. On June 5th he provided an update on the injury via Instagram, and it’s all bad news:
나는 언제든지 이렇게 다칠수 있는 일을 하는 사람입니다. 나도 수없이 많은 동료들을 다치게 했습니다. 그러니 나를 다치게 한 그 친구를 원망하지 않습니다. 내 실력이 부족해서 그렇다는걸 압니다. 많이 배웁니다. 그리고 이 일로, 내 경기를 기다려주시는 분들이 많다는걸 다시 알게 됐습니다. 미안합니다. 더 튼튼해져서 돌아오겠습니다.
Early reports stated that KZ could be out up to six months following surgery to repair his knee. But, with the diagnosis above, that time-frame seems likely to be much longer. No word yet on who Ricardo Lamas will face in July with Chan Sung Jung forced onto the sidelines.