Chan Sung Jung (right) will be out of action for two more years. | Photo: Gleidson Venga/Sherdog.com
Chan Sung Jung, the UFC featherweight better known as “The Korean Zombie,” will be out of action for two years as he completes mandatory military service in his native South Korea.
Jung posted the news on his Facebook page Monday, stating that he has been ordered to begin service on Oct. 20.
According to a report from MMAJunkie.com, Jung will be assigned to a government office and will not be required to enter the field due to his history of injuries. The 27-year-old will still be allowed to train but cannot compete in professional mixed martial arts while enrolled. Military service in South Korea is compulsory for males between the ages of 18 and 35.
Jung has not entered the Octagon since suffering a fourth-round TKO loss to Jose Aldo in a failed bid for the UFC featherweight title 14 months ago. He was expected to return against Akira Corassani on Oct. 4 but was forced to withdraw from the bout due to a shoulder injury.