Chang Sung Jung admitted recently that he wasn’t exactly thrilled when Anthony Pettis was tapped for a bout with featherweight champ Jose Aldo, and as it turns out, “The Korean Zombie” will be the next man to challenge for the title anyways. UFC President Dana White announced via Twitter Friday that:
Pettis hurt his knee, Korean Zombie will now face Jose Aldo for the title on the Aug card in Rio Brazil.
The bout will headline UFC 163, which will go down August 3rd, at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro.
Pettis offered to drop down and fight Aldo next, after he took out lightweight Donald Cerrone in the first round at UFC on FOX 6 in January. The former WEC champ relayed the following about his knee injury on Twitter, by posting:
Injuries are part of the sport, Small tear in my meniscus. I was so ready for this fight, this won’t stop me!Be back soon.
Of course, “The Korean Zombie” was scheduled to fight Ricardo Lamas at UFC 162 on July 6th, who can’t be to pumped to hear today’s news. Lamas was also less than enthusiastic about Pettis receiving an immediate title shot, due to the fact he’s won four straight fights and taken out the likes of Cub Swanson, Hatsu Hioki, Matt Grice and Erik Koch in the process. There’s been no word yet as to what the plans are for Lamas.
Jung, meanwhile, is riding a three fight win streak that includes victories over Leonard Garcia, Mark Hominick and most recently, Dustin Poirier.
At any rate, regardless of who should have been chosen as a replacement for Pettis, Aldo vs. “The Korean Zombie” could be one pretty, epic fight.