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Chan Sung Jung Names Deserving Featherweight No. 1 Contender

Chan Sung Jung didn’t believe the phone call, asking if he would replace an injured Anthony Pettis against featherweight champion Jose Aldo. “The Korean Zombie” quickly obliged, but thought Ricardo Lamas earned the No. 1 contender marque.

“I do feel bad about it,” said Jung to MMA Fighting. “I honestly think he was next in line, due to my time off, but I was told I was getting the next title shot after the [Dustin] Poirier fight. While I do feel bad for him, I wouldn’t give this opportunity up for the world.”

That win over Poirier was back in May 2012. It was Jung’s third straight win for the UFC. During those three fights, Jung has taken several honors including Submission of the Year, Knockout of the Night and Fight of the Night.

Aldo is almost untouched at 22-1. He has six title defenses since winning the gold in 2009.

Jung vs. Aldo headlines UFC 163. It’s August 3 from Brazil’s HSBC Arena. Lamas was to fight Jung on the card, but he was pulled as a result of Pettis’ injury.