Called to Military Service, Chan Sung Jung Out of Action for 2 More Years

October 13, 2014
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Chan Sung Jung (aka the Korean Zombie) hasn’t fought in more than a year. He is now going to be sidelined from competing in the Octagon for another two years, after being called for his required military duty.

Jung, who hails from South Korea, is required to fulfill two years of mandatory military service, as are all other South Korean males aged 18 to 35. On Monday, Jung revealed via his Facebook page that he has been contacted by the government to begin his service on Oct. 20, which keeps him out as a UFC option for the next two years.

Chan Sung JungHe last fought in August of 2013, losing via a fourth-round TKO stoppage in his bid to take the title from UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo. Jung dislocated his right shoulder in the fight.

He had been slate to return against Akira Corassani at UFC Fight Night 53 a little over a week ago, but had to pull out of the fight due to a training injury to the same shoulder that required rehabilitation.

In the meantime, Jung has been called to duty to comply with South Korea’s conscription – or required national service – requirement.

Jung’s manager, Brian Rhee, told that while his fighter will become an active member of South Korea’s military on Oct. 20, he won’t be deployed in the field. Due to his injury history, he has been assigned to a government office for the duration of his conscription.

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  • Matte

    What a waste 🙁

  • Funny how the military says he can’t go to war due to prior injuries yet he can fight some of the most vicious animals in the world on a regular basis. He will be missed by fight fans.

  • mma jokes

    UFC 192 Chan Sung Jung vs. Kim Jong Un live at the DMZ only on PPV

  • TRT-rex

    Horrible news. This guy is a top tier fighter and a contender at his weight. This will set back his entire carrer. Really sucks

  • InTheColosseumTonight

    Hearing this news bummed me out. He is one of my favorite fighters to watch and thought he gave Aldo his best test in a while. I dont think this will ruin his career, He will be back, he the Zombie, hes gotta come back

  • JeffD

    F North Korea for this crap.

    • GSP

      ??? he’s from South Korea…

      but at least Korean Zombie is still only 27, so he can still come back in top form but will definitely be rusty

  • Seth

    God damn…why Zombie? :/ I hope that he will be back to his usual form WHEN he comes back 🙂