It's hard to blame Chan Sung Jung for wanting another shot against Featherweight champion Jose Aldo after their 145-pound showdown in the main event of UFC 163, which took place from HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this past weekend (Sat., Aug. 3, 2013).
There seemed to be a method to the madness of "Korean Zombie," who began to turn the tide in his favor in the championship rounds after "Scarface" pulled ahead with an early lead. Unfortunately, a nasty dislocation of the opposite shoulder Jung had previously had repaired occurred in the fourth round, leading to the fourth round technical knockout finish.
Despite an injury of his own, a broken foot that could keep him out at least three months, Aldo notched another defense of his belt to his impressive record, adding to the second longest current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title reign.
Jung spoke about his injury and the desire for a rematch following the bout at the UFC 163 post-fight press conference (via BloodyElbow.com):
"[My shoulder] was really painful when it first separated, but when they took us back to the medical room, they popped it back into place. Now it feels okay.... As far as the rematch goes, I would love to get a rematch. I would love to ask for a rematch, but I think there are other people that are waiting in line right now, and I probably have to get a couple more wins in the division before they'll give me another shot at the title."
Jung has the attitude UFC loves when it comes to scheduling rematches down the line -- patience. By acknowledging the need to earn a few victories, he has already begun the positioning process for another shot at the strap.
And he'll have time on his side, with Aldo likely unable to compete until early 2014 and top division contender Ricardo Lamas waiting impatiently in the wings, as well as the resurgent Cub Swanson, who would love for nothing more than to avenge the lopsided loss he endured back at World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) 41 back in 2009.
Regardless, the desire of "Korean Zombie" to stay busy, paired with an undeniable fan base, will ensure he will compete for the title again sooner than later if he can remain in the win column. It would make for an interesting test -- championship caliber fight experience goes a long way in contributing to success.
And UFC 163 was a tough one for the South Korean with the hostile Brazilian atmosphere, making it a hard place for any challenger to come out victorious ... especially with just one healthy shoulder.