The Korean Zombie, Chan Sung Jung, announced his return to the UFC octagon on Tuesday. Together with this announcement, the one-time UFC title challenger also stated that he wants to face MMA veteran B.J. Penn.
“For the past six months, there’s a fighter that I’ve been wanting to fight: B.J. Penn,” Jung posted on Facebook. “When the B.J. Penn (vs. Ricardo) Lamas fight was announced, I thought I missed my chance. But, then I heard that B.J. Penn had a rib injury, so I kind of felt like maybe it was an opportunity for me. It would be great timing if B.J. Penn and I were ready to come back at the same time.”
According to MMA Fighting, the soon-to-be 30-year-old South Korean fighter announced on Tuesday through his Facebook account that after almost four years of absence in the octagon, he is officially returning and wants B.J. Penn to be his first assignment.
“Since he was at lightweight before, I never really thought about fighting him that much. But when he came down to featherweight, I would think that all of the fighters in the division would have liked to fight him. I’m one of them. Since I’m making my comeback, and B.J. is going to be coming back as well, I’d really like a chance to fight him,” Jung added.
MMA Mania posted that Penn was supposed to fight Lamas at the UFC Fight Night 97 event on Oct. 15 in Manila but got cancelled due to an injury. The whole event eventually got cancelled.
Meanwhile, The Korean Zombie has not fought in the octagon since losing to Jose Aldo in Aug. 2013 at UFC 163. The fight against Aldo would have been a ticket for Jung to get a hold of the featherweight title belt. Jung dislocated his shoulder midway through the fourth round.
Aside from the injury setback, Jung also set aside his MMA career to fulfill his military duties required for male South Korean citizens.
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