Last night at UFC on FUEL TV 3, Chan Sung Jung solidified himself as the frontrunner to challenge for the featherweight belt after Jose Aldo and Erik Koch have at it later this summer.
Considered to be a wide underdog against Poirier, Jung defied expectations by submitting the 23-year-old prospect in the fourth round. And The Korean Zombie dominated most all of the action preceding that point, looking in the best technical form he has yet. The win caps off a three-fight streak that features his 2011 Submission of the Year (twister) win over Leonard Garcia and his seven-second knockout of Mark Hominick.
Considering this, UFC officials announced last night that Jung was next in line for the belt. Speaking at the post-fight press conference, Jung said that the shot feels deserved.
“I think that I definitely made a statement about being able to go into the title match this year,” Jung said. “Honestly, if the fight had gone to a decision, I probably wouldn’t have been saying that as definitively. But I think I made the statement.”
Aldo and Koch are scheduled to meet at UFC 149 this July 21 in Calgary; Jung presumably awaits the winner.