By Jonathan Solomon
Passed over when featherweight champion Jose Aldo’s next fight was announced, now we know “The Korean Zombie” Chan-Sung Jung and Ricardo Lamas will compete this summer with an eye on earning a title shot in the fall.
The UFC confirmed the 145-pound bout will take place at UFC 162 on July 6 in Las Vegas, one month before Aldo will defend his title against lightweight “Showtime” Anthony Pettis in Brazil. The former WEC champion will either stick at featherweight should he be victorious, or eturn to 155-pounds and treat this as a one-time only weight cut.
Jung (13-3) is on a three-fight winning streak against such fighters as Leonard Garcia and Mark Hominick. He choked out Dustin Poirier last spring but has been out of action since then after undergoing shoulder surgery.
Lamas (13-2) has won his past four bouts including victories over a series of top featherweights in Cub Swanson, Hatsu Hioki and Erik Koch. His fight with Koch on Fox two months ago ended by second round TKO in Chicago. “The Bully” expected to be named Aldo’s next contender and was not happy when news broke earlier this winter about Pettis dropping in for the spot.
As reported by MMAOnline.com last month, Chad Mendes called out Lamas hoping to earn himself a fight with a top featherweight. Instead, UFC officials had Jung in mind and were waiting for him to receive medical clearance before confirming the bout.
“The Korean Zombie” remains one of the most popular fighters in the UFC because of his penchant for producing exciting fights. Since his UFC debut two years ago, Jung has earned $210,000 in bonuses alone (two best submissions, one best knockout and one best fight).
UFC 162 will be headlined by Anderson Silva’s next middleweight title defense against Chris Weidman. Three other middleweight bouts are also scheduled with Roger Gracie vs. Tim Kennedy, Tim Boetsch vs. Mark Munoz and Chris Leben vs. Andrew Craig on tap.
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