With orbital bone '90-percent' healed, Korean Zombie eyes August UFC return against Ricardo Lamas

Esther Lin for MMA Fighting

But "The Bully," apparently, has other plans.

Chan Sung Jung is itching to get back into the Octagon after sitting on the sidelines for nine months, following a separated shoulder and broken orbital bone in his loss to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight champion, Jose Aldo, at UFC 163 last August.

And according to a recent report from UFC Tonight, now that Jung's orbital bone is "90-percent" healed, he is eyeing a return to action in August or September of this year.

Not looking to take an easy bout to ease the transition back into the fight game, "The Korean Zombie's" manager, Brian Rhee, revealed to Ariel Helwani that his client is asking for a bout against former No. 1 featherweight contender, Ricardo Lamas.

It would make sense, seeing as how both men came up short against Aldo in their previous bouts.

But the feeling does not appear to be mutual, as Lamas apparently isn't interested in waiting so long, as he has his eyes set on fighting sooner, rather than later, in order to earn a fight in UFC's inaugural visit to Mexico City on Nov. 15, 2014.

A card that will feature a main event between heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and No. 1 contender Fabricio Werdum.

Lamas, meanwhile, wants a crack at Dennis Bermudez or Dustin Poirier. Unfortunately for him, UFC officials reportedly have other plans, as they shot down both requests.

Bermudez, on the other hand, is open to a fight against Jung, once he's ready and able.

Indeed, the 145-pound division is alive and well as there are plenty of contenders ready to make their case for a shot against Aldo, including Conor McGregor, who will make his long-awaited Octagon return this July when he takes on Cole Miller at UFC Fight Night 46 in Dublin, Ireland.

There are plenty of intriguing match ups still to be made, so do any of you care to shell out a few ideas in the direction of Sean Shelby and Joe Silva?

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