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UFC Quick Quote: Mandatory military service will extend the career of 'Korean Zombie'

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"It's not something that was a surprise. Since all able-bodied men are obligated to serve, I knew that it was something that I'd have to do at some point. It's the law and a duty of all Korean men. Those are the rules, so I have to abide by them. I'll be working in my local district office. Because of several surgeries that I had, I was given a government office job. I'm not sure exactly what I'll be doing there, though. I think this may extend my career, because it gives me some much needed time to heal. I'll have time to work on my skills without pushing myself to the limit, which is necessary when training for a fight."

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight contender Chan Sung Jung (13-4) will say goodbye to mixed martial arts (MMA) for no less than two years, following mandatory enlistment into the South Korean Army (details here). But look on the bright side, at least the "Korean Zombie" (via MMA Fighting) will have enough time off to heal up from his numerous injuries (like this one) and may even extend his combat sports career in the process. Jung, 27, hasn't competed since a technical knockout loss to reigning 145-pound kingpin Jose Aldo back in Aug. 2013, and was last ranked at No. 6 in the official UFC rankings. See you in 2016!

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