When Chan Sung Jung sidelined his fighting career to perform his mandatory military service in South Korea, his goal was to become a UFC champ, and clearly that hasn’t changed.
Jung returned to the Octagon last night for the first time since 2013, when he was stopped by 145 champ, Jose Aldo. “The Korean Zombie” injured his shoulder in that bout, and had to undergo surgery. Then the popular fighter entered the military to do his two years, mandatory service.
Fast forward to Saturday, and after Jung ate a couple of big right hands from Bermudez, he dropped the latter with one of his own. Bermudez wasn’t out, out, but referee Herb Dean elected to stop the fight, handing Jung a massive, massive win.
After the card, Jung sat down with the media,and while discussing his goals, “TKZ” stated (quote via MMA Junkie):
“My goal is always to be the champion, and I think this fight has put me back in the game.”
Now, the win won’t propel Jung into a title fight next, but it likely will get him a fight with another top contender. Bermudez was ranked #9 prior to UFC FN 104.
Jung also offered this interesting, and honest comment while talking to the press:
“I’m human too, so there were times when I thought, can I keep up with the game, can I keep developing my techniques? Now, I feel like I’m about to cry.”
Fair enough. It will be interesting to see when and who Jung fights next. One would think that due to the layoff, “TKZ” will want to get back in there sooner than later.