Chan Sung Jung needed to hear it from the mouth of UFC president Dana White.
“The Korean Zombie” will challenge UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo in August at UFC 163: Aldo vs. Korean Zombie from Brazil.
After an injury knocked Anthony Pettis out, Jung (13-3) heard his name start to be floated around as a replacement But, until White officially announced it, he wasn’t sure it was real.
“I was in disbelief until Dana White announced I was in the fight,” said Jung, during a conference call Thursday. “Until then, I didn’t believe it was true. I was excited.”
Jung had several weeks to prepare, and said “the time off actually helped benefit me.”
While some of labelled him as a major underdog, Jung knows he will have the support of an entire country behind him in South Korea.
“There’s been a big response from the mass media (in the country),” said the fighter, who has won three straight, all via stoppage. “They’re more interested in MMA.”