Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight contender, Chan Sung Jung, was expected to go under the knife to correct the double vision that’s been plaguing him long before he beat the brakes off Frankie Edgar in Busan.
Unfortunately, doctors in his native Korea took a quick look at “Korean Zombie” and were like, “Nah, you’re good.” With the help of UFC, the No. 4-ranked contender was able to seek out a second opinion and is expected to have surgery in the next few weeks.
“It took a long time to get medical exams done and there was a difference with diagnoses between doctors in Korea and Phoenix,” Jung, 32, told MMA Junkie. “Finally, I decided to get the surgery done in Phoenix soon. I am sure I will be able to get back to the cage around July or August because the surgeon says it is not a big surgery.”
There’s no telling what the 145-pound landscape might look like upon his return. Max Holloway is expected to rematch Alexander Volkanovski in June, while Brian Ortega and Zabit Magomedsharipov are hoping to collide at UFC 249.
“Right now, my focus goes on Volkanovski,” Jung (16-5) said. “If it would not work for me to fight the champion, I would be interested in fighting Ortega – but I want to make sure. At this moment, I want to fight Volkanovski.”
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