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Report – Chan Sung Jung The Current Frontrunner To Face Alexander Volkanovski At UFC 272

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how Holloway had aggravated a prior injury ahead of his targeted main event slot against Volkanovski in March, and had withdrawn from the trilogy bout at UFC 272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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An MMA fan since 2011 and covering the sport since 2016, Ross Markey has built himself into a top journalist in combat sports.

First catching on to MMA and the UFC in particular back when Brock Lesnar fought Shane Carwin, and even more so when he fought Alistair Overeem back in 2011, Ross really became enchanted with the sport from late-2013-2014 onwards.

He initially began covering MMA in tandem with football back in June 2016 just as he was finishing school. The first real event he covered on his own personal blog was UFC 200 in July of that year during international fight week. His content consisted of previews and event and results recaps. In between jobs, Ross produced content on the side before transitioning to a full-time position back in early 2019.

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  9. […] Reigning featherweight champion, Alexander Volkanovski was targeted to defend his title in a trilogy bout with Max Holloway, until the latter was forced to withdraw from the targeted tie after he aggravated a prior injury. As a result, Volkanovski is now expected to defend his crown at UFC 273 in April, with the #4 ranked, Chan Sung Jung the current front-running challenger. […]

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