Chan Sung Jung Out 2 Years Due to Mandatory Military Service
UFC fans eager to see ‘The Korean Zombie’ Chan Sung Jung’s next fight in the UFC’s Octagon will have to wait a while.
According to a report from MMA Fighting, Sung Jung will be out of action for two years to fulfill his mandatory military service for South Korea.
The exciting featherweight fighter has already been absent from the Octagon since August, 2013, when he fought champion Jose Aldo at UFC 163.
A shoulder injury he suffered in the fight is the primary reason he missed all that time. He was expected to face Akira Corassani, recently, on October 4th, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 53. However, he was forced to pull out of the fight citing another injury and was replaced by Max Holloway.
Jung’s manager Brian Rhee had this to say:
“He feels bad for his fans and thankful to the UFC, Dana and the Ferttitas for letting him be a professional fighter. He’s going to rehab, train and comeback stronger than ever after the end of the 2 years!”
Jung is expected to report for duty to the South Korean military on October 20th,2014. He also took to his official Twitter account to apologize and thank the UFC and UFC president, Dana White.
— Chan Sung Jung (@KoreanZombieMMA) October 14, 2014
Chan Sung Jung is still only 27-years-old and will likely be welcomed back by the UFC after his military service, although he’ll likely have a big ladder to climb to get back into the top ten of the featherweight rankings.