One-time UFC featherweight title challenger, ‘The Korean Zombie’ Chan Sung Jung is reportedly the current frontrunner to replace the injured Max Holloway, and challenge Alexander Volkanovski for divisional gold at UFC 272 on March 5.
Per a report from Ariel Helwani on Friday night, Busan native, Jung is the current frontrunner to replace the injury-stricken, Holloway, and face Jung at the March pay-per-view event at the T-Mobile Arena.
“Chan Sung Jung is currently the frontrunner, by a margin, to replace (Max) Holloway versus Alex Volkanovski, per sources,” Helwani tweeted.
Helwani further reported how as per Volkanovski’s manager, Ash James, his client is gunning for a fight with Jung in March.
“Alex Volkanovski wants Chan Sung Jung on March 5, per his manager Ash James,” Helwani tweeted. “That’s who they want unequivocally. Zombie is in, too, I’m told. Just needs to be formally offered at his point.”
This evening, reports emerged detailing how Holloway had aggravated a prior injury ahead of his targeted main event slot against Volkanovski in March, and had withdrawn from the trilogy bout at UFC 272.
Immediately, a slew of contenders from Josh Emmett, to even former bantamweight and flyweight champion, Henry Cejudo offered to fight Volkanovski in the place of Holloway.
Off the back of Helwani’s reporter, Jung’s manager, Jason House told MMA Junkie that his client would be ready to return by March for a short notice reworked title fight against Volkanovski.
“KZ (Korean Zombie) is more than willing to step in and fight for the title at UFC 272,” House of Iridium Sports Agency said. “Looking at the rankings, he is the next highest-ranked fighter coming off a win and this is a fight many have talked about for quite a while now. Given the opportunity, he (Chan Sung Jung) will show that he’s the best in the world.”
Ranked #4 in the official featherweight pile, Jung returned to the winner’s enclosure back in June at UFC Vegas 29, defeating Dan Ige in a one-sided unanimous decision main event victory.
The win returned Jung back to the winner’s ways after he dropped a one-sided unanimous judging loss of his own over most-recent title challenger, Brian Ortega back in October 2020 on ‘Fight Island’.
Before that loss, Jung had enjoyed a two-fight winning spree over Renato Moicano, and former lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar in December 2019 in a South Korea homecoming.
Following his stoppage victory, Jung also notably called for a title shot against the then-recently minted titleholder, Volkanovski.
Responding to reports regarding a potential title defense against Jung next, Volkanovski appears to welcome a featherweight championship bout against the South Korean veteran in March.
“@KoreanZombieMMA Let’s do this!! #UFC272,” Alexander Volkanovski tweeted.
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