On November 10, when the UFC returns to Denver, Colorado, Chan Sung Jung — more widely known as “The Korean Zombie” — will make his long awaited return to the cage for a battle with Frankie Edgar.
From the moment this exciting matchup was announced, it was clear that it had featherweight title implications. Apparently, however, it could be a number-one-contender fight outright.
Speaking to the media at a press event in his native South Korea, The Korean Zombie divulged that he’s been told he’ll get a title shot if he’s able to thwart the former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.
“I was told that if I win this fight, I will get a title shot,” The Korean Zombie said (via Rank5).
The South Korean fan favorite also discussed the changes he’s experienced over the course of his fighting career.
“I was fighting for myself in my twenties, but now I’m fighting for my family,” he said. “Even though I do not have the same physical strength, I have amassed much more experience and know-how.”
The Korean Zombie has not fought since February of 2017, when he returned from an even longer absence to knock out Dennis Bermudez in the first round. His next most recent fight occurred all the way back in August of 2013, when he was defeated by Jose Aldo, who held the UFC featherweight title at the time. He is 14-4 overall.
Frankie Edgar, meanwhile, last fought in April, when he defeated Cub Swanson by unanimous decision. This victory served to separate him from the first knockout loss of his career, which came courtesy of current featherweight number-one-contender Brian Ortega. Edgar is currently 23-6-1 overall.
The UFC featherweight title is expected to be on the line in the main event of UFC 231 in December, when Max Holloway will reportedly defend his title against Ortega. Do you think the winner of The Korean Zombie and Frankie Edgar’s fight deserves a shot at the winner of this UFC 231 title fight?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 9/19/2018.