It has been a long time, but “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung is headed back to the world of MMA and he already has an opponent in mind for his first fight back.
“For the past six months, there’s a fighter that I’ve been wanting to fight: B.J. Penn,” Jung said on Facebook (transcription via MMA Fighting). “When the B.J. Penn (vs. Ricardo) Lamas fight was announced, I thought I missed my chance. But, then I heard that B.J. Penn had a rib injury, so I kind of felt like maybe it was an opportunity for me. It would be great timing if B.J. Penn and I were ready to come back at the same time.
“Since he was at lightweight before, I never really thought about fighting him that much. But when he came down to featherweight, I would think that all of the fighters in the division would have liked to fight him. I’m one of them. Since I’m making my comeback, and B.J. is going to be coming back as well, I’d really like a chance to fight him.”
The aforementioned Penn-Lamas matchup was originally set for UFC Fight Night 97, but Penn’s injury led the UFC to cancel the event entirely. There was no clarification if the Penn-Lamas matchup would be rescheduled once Penn was healthy again.
“I’m moving from my twenties to my thirties, from a youth to an old man,” Jung said. “I became a father. A lot of things have changed, so things seem very new to me. It feels like it’s a new beginning. I have to do my best and I think I’ll do well. I need to work even harder now. I don’t think there’s really any more to say than that. I just hope that the fans keep their eyes on me.
“It seemed like a really long time. A lot of fans have told me that, and it feels like it was a really long time to me, too. Now that I’m back in the UFC, I’ll try to put on even more exciting fights that the fans can get really excited about.”
Jung has not fought since August 2013 after he had to serve mandatory military service for South Korea starting in 2014.