Tonight (Sat., Feb. 4, 2017) will mark the return of one of the most entertaining featherweight fighters of the past five years, as Chan Sung Jung comes back from his military hiatus to challenge Dennis Bermudez at UFC Fight Night 104 live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. “Korean Zombie” last fought in a title loss to Jose Aldo back at UFC 163, but remains just 29 years of age. People may scuff at the idea of Jung headlining a Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event on Super Bowl weekend, but one quick look at his overall work inside of the cage puts those ill-advised concerns to rest.
As UFC Fight Night 104 approaches and the 145-pound division gets back one of its most game fighters, all eyes will be on “Korean Zombie” to yet again rise to the occasion and cash in on a monumental opportunity. While Bermudez isn’t Aldo, Frankie Edgar or Max Holloway, he’s been one of the most consistent forces in the featherweight division over the past few years. He’s dangerous, super athletic, packs a punch and understands gameplanning, which was evident in his last two outings opposite Rony Jason and Tatsuya Kawajiri.
The biggest obstacle in Jung’s way has to be his recent time off. “Korean Zombie” has already experienced the wrath of Aldo and veterans like Mark Hominick and Dustin Poirier, so it’s unlikely that Bermudez is going to surprise him with anything. Instead, cage rust will play the biggest role in determining Jung’s ability to jump back into action after three years of sideline work. Some will say cage rust isn’t real, but it is. Imagine if Kobe Bryant went into a playoff game without shooting a basketball for three years. He’s probably going to miss a few shots out of the gate.
That said, the time that “Korean Zombie” has dedicated to the South Korean military since 2013 has also allowed him to heal. Few fighters get the opportunity to sit out and nurse any ailing injuries they suffer on a perennial basis, so we may actually see a more explosive and physically prepared version of Jung than we ever have before.
The skill should still be there, but will his ferocity and overall ability to absorb damage? That’s what fight fans want to know. We will find out one way or another when “Korean Zombie” walks to the Octagon tonight in Houston.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 104 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET, also on FOX Sports 1.
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