UFC 163: Jose Aldo is not a better striker than Chan Sung Jung

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Chan Sung Jung believes his striking is not inferior to that of UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo.

“We are similar in terms of striking. Many people think Aldo is superior to me in striking, but I don’t think so. The biggest difference is Aldo’s power in his striking. My style is weakening my opponent little by little. Aldo does it with one big KO strike.”

– Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight title challenger Chan Sung Jung tells UFC.com that he believes his striking is nowhere as deficient as people are making it out to be when compared with his UFC 163 opponent Jose Aldo. “Scarface” is considered to be one of the best strikers in all of mixed martial arts (MMA) and his 13 career (technical) knockout victories prove that to be true. Jung, while respectable on the feet, has won a majority of his fights by submission and it would seem likely that his best chance of upsetting the Brazilian for the 145-pound title on Aug. 3, 2013 would be to take the fight to the ground. That may ultimately be what “The Korean Zombie” plans to do when the cage door closes, but he wants it to be known that if he equals or betters Aldo in the stand up department come fight night, you shouldn’t be surprised.

via UFC Quick Quote: Jose Aldo is not a better striker than Chan Sung Jung – MMAmania.com.

UFC 163 (August 3rd, 2013): Chan Sung Jung feels bad about getting title shot over Ricardo Lamas

Ricardo Lamas is probably not very happy right now. He was originally scheduled to face Chan Sung Jung in a surefire number one contender featherweight bout at UFC 162 on July 6th. But now, due to an Anthony Pettis injury, Lamas isn’t fighting at all and his opponent was granted the shot against Jose Aldo.

The Korean Zombie (13-3) was interviewed by Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting recently, and he says that he feels bad about getting the spot over Lamas. But he’s not going to pass it up, because he’s very excited about it.

First off, he explained his reaction to finding out the news:

I was jumping around. I was so excited. At first, when my manager told me, I didn’t believe him. I thought he was playing a joke on me. I couldn’t fall asleep until I saw Dana White‘s tweet about the fight.

He thinks his time off (he’s been out since May 2012 after shoulder surgery) will help him more than hurt him, and says that he’s in fighting shape. Then the topic turned to Lamas and his missed opportunity:

I do feel bad about it. I honestly think he was next in line, due to my time off, but I was told I was getting the next title shot after the Poirier fight. While I do feel bad for him, I wouldn’t give this opportunity up for the world.

So how is he going to beat Aldo?

I think we all know that, objectively, his technique is impeccable. So, I think it comes down to the intangibles — the mental game. That’s where I have to beat him.

All I can say is that I can’t wait for August 3rd. I might be in the minority on this, but I like this bout way more than Aldo/Pettis and I’m ridiculously excited for it.

via UFC 163: Chan Sung Jung feels bad about getting title shot over Ricardo Lamas – Bloody Elbow.

Best Asian MMA Prospects by Division

Asia is the birthplace of many forms of martial arts and is home to some of the most legendary names in the sport’s history.

Currently, names like Cung Le, Dong Hyun Kim and Chan Sung Jung grace the UFC with their skill and competitive spirit. They are top guys in their divisions and represent the Asian continent.

Here are the best Asian MMA prospects by division.

Origin: Japan
Record: 9-2-1

Current Shooto employee Haruo Ochi is an incredible flyweight talent that needs to make the move to the UFC.

The 28-year-old Japanese fighter owns four knockouts and two submissions in his four-year career. He has great power for a 125-pound fighter and good grappling ability.

Japan should provide some solid flyweights as the division grows, and Ochi should find his way over to the UFC.

Runners-up: Kentaro Watanabe (Japan) and Mikihito Yamagami (Japan)






Origin: Japan
Record: 30-11-4

It’s hard to label a 45-fight veteran a prospect, but 30-year-old Yoshiro Maeda has the potential to be a big-show fighter.

Maeda is a WEC, Dream and Deep veteran who always found himself in the middle. He has great kicks and respectable submissions, owning 14 knockouts and six submission wins.

Maeda is only 30 years old, so it is possible he could earn his way to the UFC.

Runners-up: Motonobu Tezuka (Japan) and Kyoji Horiguchi (Japan)






Origin: South Korea

Record: 9-1

Since I no longer consider Chan Sung Jung a prospect, countryman Doo Ho Choi is now the best Asian featherweight prospect.

Only 21 years old, Choi owns six knockouts and a submission. The Sengoku and Deep veteran has dynamic striking skills and an exciting style that American fans are not familiar with yet.

Letting him develop more may be smart, but one has to think he will grace the UFC in the future.

Runners-up: Shintaro Ishiwatari (Japan) and Joe Taimanglo (Guam)






Origin: Mongolia
Record: 8-2

Although he is in his late 30s, Jadamba Narantungalag is still considered a prospect because he has only had 10 fights in his career.

Despite that number, Narantungalag is highly skilled and a solid prospect.

The Mongolian has finished five opponents, four of which were by submission. He holds a notable win against Australian lightweight staple Adrian Pang, in which he showed his toughness.

There are no Mongolians in the UFC (Tiequan Zhang is from Outer Mongolia, China), so Narantungalag could give that nation someone to root for.

Runners-up: Takasuke Kume (Japan) and Isao Kobayashi (Japan)






Origin: Japan
Record: 24-5-2

Although Keita Nakamura is a UFC veteran, he is still a top prospect from Asia. His UFC debut came at the age of 22, showing he may have been too young and inexperienced to take that step up.

Nakamura owns 11 submission wins along with four knockouts. He has tapped out Yasubey Enomoto, knocked out Omar de la Cruz, won a decision over Adriano Martins and choked out Ronald Jhun.

With a resume like that, it seems that Nakamura deserves another chance to prove his first run was chalked up to inexperience.

Runners-up: Myung Ho Bae (South Korea) and Hyun Gyu Lim (South Korea)






Origin: South Korea

Record: 7-3

South Korea’s Seung Bae Whi is a knockout artist with all the power to put any opponent he touches to sleep.

Whi has never been finished, but owns six of his wins by knockout. His latest win saw him knock out Pride and UFC veteran Denis Kang with brutal knees.

South Korea is starting to provide the UFC with solid fighters, and Whi would definitely be another guy of that caliber.

Runners-up: Riki Fukuda (Japan) and Asif Tagiev (Kazakhstan)






Origin: Japan

Record: 11-2 (1 NC)

Asia is not really known for heavier fighters, but there are definitely a couple of Asian prospects who are intriguing.

The most intriguing might be Yoshiyuki Nakanishi.

While he may be better suited as a middleweight, the 27-year-old constantly fights at 205.

Nakanishi owns six knockouts and two submissions. He has beat Bellator champ Christian M’Pumbu and knocked out Ivorian kickboxer Bernard Ackah with a head kick in the past.

Runners-up: Hiroshi Izumi (Japan) and Shinsho Anzai (Japan)







Origin: Japan

Record: 4-2-1

Japanese judo ace Satoshi Ishii is only 25 years old, but has the skills to be a very good heavyweight fighter.

Despite losing by knockout to Fedor Emelianenko in his most recent outing, Ishii has notably beaten Ikuhisa Minowa and Jerome La Banner. He owns two wins by submission, a product of his Olympic-level judo game.

Ishii needs a win or two before he can earn a call from the UFC, but he definitely has the talent to make it there.

Runners-up: Levan Razmadze (Georgia) and Guram Gugenishvili (Georgia)

via Best Asian MMA Prospect by Division | Bleacher Report.

Korean Zombie Chan Sung Jung: I Will End Jose Aldo’s ‘Reign as a Champion’

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The Korean Zombie called out his next desired opponent on Friday and it’s none other than UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo. “I want Jose Aldo,” Chan Sung Jung Tweeted. “I will end his reign as a champion.”

Jung, 25, most recently competed at UFC on FUEL TV 3 where he bested fellow contender Dustin Poirier in one of the best fights of the year at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. UFC President Dana White initially suggested Jung was potentially in the running for a title shot against Aldo, but later stated he was the clear cut top contender.  Even if Jung gets his desired match-up with Aldo for a UFC title, there are two clear obstacles in his way.

Aldo, 25, was originally scheduled to face Erik Koch at UFC 149 next month in Calgary, Canada, but was forced to withdraw from the bout due to injury. However, the fight itself has not been scrapped. Aldo is still expected to face Koch at an undetermined date in the future. Aldo last competed at UFC 142 in January of this year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he defeated Chad Mendes in the first round of their bout by TKO.

If Jung were to receive a title shot without taking an additional bout between now, and whenever Aldo and Koch eventually face one another, he will be the first fighter to earn the opportunity based on a win from a main event on the UFC on FUEL TV series.

via Korean Zombie: I Will End Jose Aldo’s ‘Reign as a Champion’ – MMA Fighting.

Chan Sung Jung Earned His Big Win vs. Dustin Poirier with torn rotator cuff

Chan Sung Jung may just be “The Korean Zombie” for real. In his most recent win over Dustin Poirier, Jung let it be known that he earned the victory with a torn rotator cuff that will require surgery.”I finally had an MRI and the doctors verdict is that I have a tear in my rotator cuff,” said Jung, in a recent interview with BloodyElbow.com.

“He recommended immediate surgery, but I wasnt about to let some skinny-necked doctors stand between me and my goal, so I played it down and trained through the pain.”Jung said that the injury kept him from building muscle mass, and that he was nowhere near his peak physically heading into the fight with Poirier.

With the win, Jung likely secured himself a future title shot in the UFCs featherweight division.”It definitely put a crimp in my training style because I didnt get to do a lot of things I wanted to do,” Jung said. “And the things that I did do, I didnt do them to the degree that I would have liked to.”

via Chan Sung Jung Earned His Big Win vs. Dustin Poirier Despite Injury.

Chan Sung Jung Knows He Made a Statement at UFC on FUEL TV 3 – could become first full-blooded asian UFC champion

On Tuesday at UFC on FUEL TV 3, Chan Sung Jung solidified himself as the frontrunner to challenge for the featherweight belt after Jose Aldo and Erik Koch have at it later this summer.

Considered to be a wide underdog against Poirier, Jung defied expectations by submitting the 23-year-old prospect in the fourth round. And The Korean Zombie dominated most all of the action preceding that point, looking in the best technical form he has yet. The win caps off a three-fight streak that features his 2011 Submission of the Year (twister) win over Leonard Garcia and his seven-second knockout of Mark Hominick.

Considering this, UFC officials announced two nights ago that Jung was next in line for the belt. Speaking at the post-fight press conference, Jung said that the shot feels deserved.

“I think that I definitely made a statement about being able to go into the title match this year,” Jung said. “Honestly, if the fight had gone to a decision, I probably wouldn’t have been saying that as definitively. But I think I made the statement.”

Aldo and Koch are scheduled to meet at UFC 149 this July 21 in Calgary; Jung presumably awaits the winner.

via Chan Sung Jung Knows He Made a Statement at UFC on FUEL TV 3.

Korean Zombie Chan Sung Jung Vs. Dustin Poirier Fight Video Highlights From UFC On Fuel 3 Main Event

Chan Sung Jung vs. Dustin Poirier – Round 1 – Leg kick by Jung and Poirier lands a left hand. Jung catches a kick and gets a takedown, Poirier turns and looks for his own takedown as they stand up. Body shot by Poirier. Jung gets the fight to the ground again and hes on top. Poirier turns away from the cage. Jung with some good elbows. Poirier bleeding from the forehead already. Poirier with a nice reversal and hes on top now. Jung 10-9 round.

Round 2 – Poirier throws a kick but is slow with it and Jung takes him down with ease. Jung on top landing very nice shots again. Big left by Jung lands. They get to the feet and Jung lands a flying knee. Hes pouring on the big shots, Poirier witha big takedown but Jung sweeps right through into the mount. Hes on top firing away. Poirier ends up sweeping and spending time on top. I didnt type much that round because I was amazed with how great it was. Great, great fight. 10-9 Jung.

Round 3 – Poirier lands a bit, Jung firing back hard. Poirier looking to land haymakers now, not really setting up his shots. Jung traps him against the cage and flurries hard. Poirier was doing well in the stand-up for a bit before a huge takedown by Jung, but Poirier gets up quickly. Poirier using a good jab. Knee by Jung and some punches, Poirier comes back hard with shots of his own. Good left hand by Poirier. Good body kick by Jung and now he flurries hard coming forward and a big knee to the body. Big left by Poirier again. 10-9 Jung.

Round 4 – Poirier landing some good shots early, Jung with a knee to the body. Theyre exchanging and Jung lands a hard uppercut and Poirier stumbles backward. Hes hurt! Poirier looking for a desperation takedown and he gets caught in a deep choke and Poirier has to submit. What a tremendous performance by Chan Sung Jung! Chan Sung Jung wins by submission darce choke, 1:07 of round 4.

via Korean Zombie Chan Sung Jung Vs. Dustin Poirier Fight Video Highlights From UFC On Fuel 3 Main Event – Bloody Elbow.