Frankie Edgar has helped the UFC out on short notice by agreeing to fight ‘The Korean Zombie’ Chan Sung Jun at UFC Fight Night 165 in South Korea on December 21st.
‘The Answer’ had been preparing for his bantamweight debut against Cory Sandhagen in January, but he’s scrapped that plan in order to save the day for the UFC against TKZ at featherweight on just over two weeks notice after Brian Ortega was forced out of the fight due to a torn ACL.
Edgar is coming off a featherweight title fight against current champion Max Holloway, which he lost by unanimous decision.
That was Edgar’s third attempt to try to win the 145lb title over the years and had come after winning three of his previous four fights in the division, defeating the likes of Cub Swanson, Jeremy Stephens and Yair Rodriguez along the way.
As for The Korean Zombie, he’s coming off a 58 second TKO of Renato Moicano back in June, which helped him get back in the win column after suffering a stunning last second upward elbow knockout loss to Yair Rodriguez in November of last year.
In total Jung is 2-1 in the UFC since returning from a lengthy spell doing compulsary military service in his native South Korea, and now he’s getting a chance to compete in front of his home fans.