Jose Aldo expected a tough fight out of Chan Sung Jung (aka the Korean Zombie) coming into their main event showdown at UFC 163 at HSBC Arena on Saturday night in Rio de Janeiro. In fact, he was one of the people that said after Anthony Pettis dropped out of the fight due to injury, the Jung deserved the opportunity as much as anyone.
Jung certainly proved his worthiness on Saturday night, taking Aldo into the fourth round, and suffering an injury before the champ could finish him.
Although both men are known for their aggressive nature and attacking styles, neither was quick to engage at the beginning of the bout.
Perhaps even more surprising was how the fight unfolded. While Jung usually tries to wear on his opponents, unleashing surprising, aggressive attacks at opportune moments, he fought a much more straight-forward style, searching for openings and holding back much more than normal.
Aldo, who usually chops down his opponents with his brutal leg kicks, and then attacks with his hands, did little kicking in this fight.
After a lot of dancing around and exploring their timing, neither mounting much damage, Aldo, late in round two, began taking the fight to take the fight to mat.
He later said that he saw the fight was starting to shape up as a “tough decision” in the stand-up game, which is why Aldo started working for more takedowns.
Aldo was definitely the fighter setting more of the pace, and scoring with several takedowns, notably defusing Jung’s explosive jumping knee attempts by catching him and planting him on the mat. He still wasn’t able to gain a tremendous advantage on the ground, failing to do much damage.
Jung stepped up the pace considerably to open round four, but engaging Aldo in the stand-up game backfired, as he separated his right shoulder during one exchange.
Aldo noticed that something wasn’t quite right and swarmed Jung, driving him to the mat, unleashing a fury of punches until the referee stopped the fight.
Jung immediately clutched his right arm, obviously in excruciating pain.
Aldo came over to check on him before the official decision was announced, nearly having to be drug away from his concern for his opponent to the center of the Octagon for the final announcement and his post-fight interview.
Aldo confided that he knew something was wrong, so he attacked, but he had little answer for what he expected next in his career after defeating Jung.
“I really don’t know. I just work for the UFC, and whatever comes.”
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