Chan Sung Jung vaulted himself into title-contention in the UFC‘s featherweight division with his recent win over Dustin Poirier. Now, “The Korean Zombie” is coming clean on an injury suffered in his training that nearly derailed the fight.
Jung confirmed news that he fought with a torn rotator cuff requiring surgery before he can compete again. Jung is expected to fight the winner of a bout between UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo and Erik Koch later this year.
“I finally had an MRI and the doctor’s verdict is that I have a tear in my rotator cuff,” said Jung in a recent interview with BloodyElbow. “He recommended immediate surgery, but I wasn’t about to let some skinny-necked doctors stand between me and my goal, so I played it down and trained through the pain.”
Jung submitted Poirier after several thrilling rounds of action. He admitted the injury caused him to lose severe muscle mass, saying, “I didn’t get to do a lot of the things I wanted to do (in regards to training).”
With three consecutive wins, Jung is now 13-3 in his career and a perfect 3-0 inside the Octagon. Included in his recent streak is a seven-second KO performance over one-time title challenger Mark Hominick.
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