Chan Sung Jung will make his long-awaited return to action at this weekend’s (Sat., Feb. 4, 2017) UFC Fight Night 104 event in Houston, Texas, as he faces surging featherweight, Dennis Bermudez, in the main event.
Having not competed since August of 2013, the division has changed quite a bit since “The Korean Zombie’s” last bout, so he knows the dangers of underestimating anyone, especially Bermudez.
“Obviously, he’s a tough guy,” Jung told UFC.com. “He’s not an easy matchup for anyone. He’s explosive, powerful and his wrestling is very good, so that’s definitely one thing that I have to watch out for. However, I feel that I’m a better all-around MMA fighter. He might be able to beat in me in straight up wrestling, but I’ve got the edge in MMA.”
Jung came up short in his bid to dethrone Jose Aldo from the 145-pound mountain at UFC 163 back in 2013. With a win over Dennis, “The Korean Zombie” hopes to earn another top-ranked opponent and then another crack at gold.
“In the UFC, it’s stupid and disrespectful to look past anyone, no less a Top 10 guy in our division,” Jung said. “These days, there are no ‘gimme’ matches in the UFC. That said, I do feel like a win over Bermudez would put me back in the mix. If I come out with a win, I’d like to get a fight against someone ranked a little higher, then hopefully get another shot at the title.”
While he hasn’t been competing actively while fulfilling his mandatory military service in South Korea, he has been training. And while ring rust is always a possibility, Jung says he will be the “Korean Zombie” of old that made him a fan favorite.
“You can expect me to fight like the Korean Zombie,” he said. “I always try my best, win or lose. I will always bring it for myself and for the fans. Expect an exciting win.”
Bermudez is currently riding a two-fight win streak, taking out Rony Jason and Tatsuya Kawajiri in consecutive bouts. A win over Jung would mark the biggest of his career and catapult him higher up the rankings and inch him closer to title contention.
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