After struggling to match UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo for the first three rounds it seemed as though Chan Sung Jung was finally getting his footing under him in last night’s main event match-up at UFC 163. Sadly, it will never be known whether the noticeable change was a matter of “The Korean Zombie” working his way towards a comeback victory or simply Aldo putting it in cruise control, as Jung separated his shoulder in a freak occurrence and understandably faded immediately.
Jung updated fans on his health at the post-event press conference, explaining Aldo’s instinct to pounce paid off.
“I felt like my strategy was starting to work, in particular in the fourth round. I was starting to turn up the intensity. Unfortunately, when I separated my shoulder, I tried to put it back in myself, but it didn’t work, and I think Jose noticed my shoulder was out, and he kicked me three times really hard,” explained the disappointed 26-year old. “So unfortunately, the shoulder was not able to be put back in.”
The fan-favorite quickly added he was in better shape after having received some attention from doctors backstage.
“It was really painful when it first separated, but they took us back to the medical room, and they popped it back into place,” he said. “It feels okay.”
It is unknown how long the 13-4 Jung will be out based on the injury. Still, the situation remains concerning nonetheless, as the bout with Aldo was Jung’s first back from surgery on his shoulder to correct a lingering issue.