There was some good news on the injury front for The Korean Zombie on Saturday night after his unfortunate defeat to Jose Aldo – his dislocated shoulder won’t require surgery.
His injury occured in the fourth round of the fight as he attempted an overhand right that landed awkwardly, immediately separating his shoulder. He attempted to fight on, but Aldo sensed he was hurt and targeted his injury with kicks before swarmed him with punches on mat, forcing a referee stoppage.
Luckily for ‘The Korean Zombie’, also known as Chan Sung Jung, doctor’s were able to put his shoulder back in place after the fight and so he was able to attend the post-fight press conference and won’t be out of action for any significant length of time.
That’ll be a relief for the fighter who actually has just returned to the Octagon after undergoing surgery for a rotator cuff injury last year.
The news wasn’t so good for his opponent Jose Aldo on this occasion though. He revealed during the post-fight presser that he feared he had broken his right foot after catching ‘The Korean Zombie’s’ knee with his very first leg kick of the night.
After the press conference Aldo visited a local hospital where x-rays confirmed that he had indeed fractured his foot.
So, Aldo will now face a significant length of time on the sidelines recovering, though it’s not clear exactly how long that will be at this stage.
“We are talking to the UFC doctor, Marcio Tannure, but he’ll probably take a medical suspension for the next two or three months,” Aldo’s coach Andre Pederneiras told MMAfighting.com yesterday. “It’s up to the doctors now.”
That’s not so bad as there’s no definitive No.1 contender for Aldo at this stage anyway, so he can afford to take some time out while the likes of Chad Mendes, Ricard Lamas and Cub Swanson fight to establish who gets the next title shot.