Chan Sung Jung A.K.A. “The Korean Zombie” was announced to replace injured Anthony Pettis against Jose Aldo in their bout on UFC 163.
Jung was later asked a few questions, via his manager Brian Rhee, about the bout against Jose Aldo and his answers may be a bit of a surprise.
What was your reaction when you heard you were now fighting Aldo?
“I was jumping around. I was so excited. At first, when my manager told me, I didn’t believe him. I thought he was playing a joke on me. I couldn’t fall asleep until I saw Dana White’s tweet about the fight.”
You haven’t fought since May 2012, are you worried your extended time off will affect you?
“Actually, I think the time off has helped me in a couple of different ways. It’s helped me get rid of a couple of nagging injuries and, even more so, it’s really got me motivated to get back in to the Octagon. The time off has made me stir crazy, so I’m incredibly motivated to train hard and get back into action.”
How long did it take for you to feel like you were back to full strength following the shoulder surgery last year?
“I got back into shape preparing for Ricardo Lamas. I’m in fighting shape right now, so the extra month is only going to help me get stronger and focus on Jose Aldo.”
What’s the key to defeating Aldo?
“I think we all know that, objectively, his technique is impeccable. So, I think it comes down to the intangibles — the mental game. That’s where I have to beat him.”
So it seems this time off has helped more than hurt the Korean Zombie not only get his strength back but get over any previous minor injuries as well. We’ll see exactly how its helped or hurt him in UFC 163.