Big news has come in today that directly affects the top 10 of the UFC's featherweight division. Chan Sung Jung, who has not fought since August 2013, will not be competing in MMA again for another two years. 'The Korean Zombie', who is a native of South Korea, is going to fulfill his mandatory military service that is required for all adult male citizens in the Asian nation. MMA Fighting has more details:
"He feels bad for his fans and thankful to the UFC, Dana and the Ferttitas for letting him be a professional fighter," Rhee said. "He's going to rehab, train and comeback stronger than ever after the end of the 2 years!"
Jung, 27, is scheduled to report to basic training on October 20.
Jung (13-4) was set to fight Akira Corassani on October 4th in Sweden, but he was forced to withdraw after re-injuring his right shoulder, which he dislocated in his TKO loss to Jose Aldo at UFC 163 last year. His UFC tenure has been filled with injuries, having fought just 4 times since joining the promotion in 2011. He was ranked 6th in the latest official UFC rankings poll, but with news that he's definitively not going to fight until potentially 2016, it's highly likely that he's dubbed "inactive" and removed entirely.
It's definitely a loss for fans of TKZ, who has provided nothing but entertainment since his WEC days, and it's certainly a blow to a division even as deep as featherweight's.