UFC Featherweight Champ Jose Aldo Says Korean Zombie Deserves UFC 163 Title Shot

August 2, 2013
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Jose-Aldo-UFC-136-Belt-460x270Injuries happen in every sport, especially in contact sports.  They are certainly prevalent in mixed martial arts.

UFC champion Jose Aldo was originally scheduled to put his featherweight title on the line for the seventh time against Anthony Pettis at UFC 163 on Aug. 3, but an injury forced Pettis out of the fight.  “The Korean Zombie,” Chan Sung Jung, replaced Pettis, and Aldo had to make adjustments in his training camp and to his game plan due to the switch of opponents.

“I was already in the groove of training for Pettis, but unfortunately, he got hurt, so we did have to adjust a few things.  They have different styles. But I was already training, and I was already prepared, so just adjusting those final details,” Aldo said recently.

When Jung was named as Pettis’ replacement, some felt Ricardo Lamas, who is ranked higher than Jung, was more deserving of the title fight.  Lamas and Jung were slated to meet at UFC 162, but the fight dematerialized when Jung accepted the title fight with Aldo.

Who is more deserving or less deserving doesn’t matter to Aldo, but he believes Jung deserves the shot.

“I think this fight is a very good fight. He deserves to be there and he’s shown that he deserves to be the contender,” said the champion.  “Everyone wants to fight for the title, but right now, he deserves it.”

UFC 163: Aldo vs. Korean Zombie takes place at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Headlined by the featherweight title bout, the fight card also features a light heavyweight co-main event match-up between former champion Lyoto Machida and Phil Davis that has top contender ramifications.

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  • TheCerealKiller

    No, he really doesn’t deserve this shot. he just has popularity on his side to help sell the card. There are a few guys ranked above him that should have gotten it.

    • The Best Eva

      Wrong, he pretty much was the number 1 contender before he got hurt.

    • Gary Fredericks

      I tend to agree with you on this point. I think they should have tagged Lamas to replace Pettis. Situations like this builds the UFC’s stable of stars. Example given, enter Matt Hughes when he got the belt the first time as a replacement for Militech. The Carlos Newton fight had an ending that instantly became legen. That launched a hall of fame career for Hughes and built a bankable PPV card star. The UFC is running too thin on exposure for potential stars the last few years. The “Money Men” are all getting older and very few are coming up through the ranks to replace the Henderson’s, Penn’s, St. Pierre’s, Machida’s, Liddell’s….ect. I am not saying no talent is coming up. To the avid fans, we all know who’s there and who’s star is rising, but do the casual fans that still think Tito Ortiz is still champ recognize any of the new names much?

      Jung has a chance at his Rocky Balboa moment and I hope it ends in Rocky II fashion, but I think Lamas had better odds to pull off the upset than Zombie does.

  • If Korean Zombie takes it past the 3rd round, he can win this.