It will be over a year since he has fought, but “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung will return to his title shot hunt on July 6 at UFC 162. It will be a potential number one contender’s bout when he faces off with Ricardo Lamas; they are ranked four and two respectively in the UFC’s featherweight division. Both fighters felt slighted when Anthony Pettis jumped the line at 145, because each of them thought they had earned their shot at Jose Aldo’s title.
So far at featherweight Lamas has been flawless through four fights. He made his debut in the division when he made the transition to the Octagon. In that span, he has taken out other top contenders in Cub Swanson, Hatsu Hioki and Erik Koch. Lamas also does not sit back and try to win decision, because he goes for the finish, having submitted Swanson and finished Koch with punches and elbows.
Jung’s past three wins are just as impressive. He pulled off an amazing Twister submission over Leonard Garcia, knocked out Mark Hominick in seven seconds, and submitted Dustin Poirier with a D’arce choke. The only knock against Jung is that he was knocked out by George Roop with a head-kick at one of the last WEC events. With an impressive win for either of these fighters, they can stake their claim for title shot against the winner of the Aldo and Pettis featherweight title fight.
No matter who wins this fight it will be exciting, because these two fighters are some of the best finishers at 145. Even though Jung is only an inch taller, he will enjoy nearly five inches in reach advantage, and he clearly has the power to finish fighters on the feet. Lamas is more of a grinding fighter who uses ground and pound to beat up his opponents, but he will have to be careful of Jung’s expert grappling if he does take the fight to the ground.