For MMA fans, the Zombie Apocalypse might begin on Aug. 3 as Chan Sung Jung (13-3), known to fans as “The Korean Zombie,” faces Jose Aldo (22-1) for the UFC Featherweight championship.
For Jung, this is not only the chance to become the second 145-pound title holder in the promotion’s history, but also this fight gives him the opportunity to become the first Korean fighter to win a UFC championship belt.
Aldo was originally supposed to face former WEC Lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis (16-2), who pulled out of the match due to injury. Although many fans were upset that Pettis, who is scheduled to face Benson “Smooth” Henderson (19-2) for the lightweight title on Aug. 31, I was one of the few – perhaps the only one – who thanked Dana White for announcing that this match was going to happen.
I have been waiting for this match for years. Aldo has been unstoppable since his WEC days and claimed their championship, before he was awarded the UFC Featherweight championship back in 2010. Jung on the other hand has been on a roll since he made his UFC debut against Leonard Garcia, where he not only avenged a loss to the “Bad Boy,” but also performed the first Twister submission in UFC history.
Both men are good strikers and good grapplers, though fans have rarely seen Aldo’s Brazilian jiu-jitsu, mainly due to him keeping his fights on the feet, which suits Jung’s style as The Korean Zombie has been known to engage in wars with his opponents.
If there is one aspect of the fight where the Korean Zombie has an advantage is the conditioning. Although Aldo is able to pulverize his opponents in the early rounds of the fight, he sometimes can gas out in the later rounds, such as his fight with Mark “The Machine” Hominick (20-12) back in April 2011. If Jung can survive the first three rounds, while winning one of those rounds in the process, he could control the rest of the fight, if he is not too badly damaged. I know. Easier said than done. Still, no matter who wins, this fight has the potential to be a “Fight of the Year” candidate.
If Jung does indeed defeat Aldo and become the featherweight champion, then I say let the Zombie Apocalypse begin.
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