‘The Korean Zombie’ Is Back and Has Sights on B.J. Penn

By Mike Sloan Oct 18, 2016

Everybody knows that a zombie is nearly impossible to keep from coming after you. It can be burned, pushed into a hole, clubbed with bats and stabbed, but the undead just keep coming.

In the case of fan favorite Chan Sung Jung, having to serve his country and parenthood has kept him out of the Ultimate Fighting Championship for over three years but now, like every walker on the Walking Dead, “The Korean Zombie” has returned. Jung announced his comeback on social media on Tuesday and he already has a target in mind and it’s a former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion.

“For the past six months, there's a fighter that I've been wanting to fight: B.J. Penn,” Jung said in a video posted on his official Facebook account. “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, I never really thought about fighting him that much,” he continued. “But when he came down to the featherweight division, I would think that all of the fighters in the division would have liked to fight him. I’m one of them.”

Jung had to step away from action inside the Octagon to fulfill his mandatory service of two years in the South Korean military. He hasn’t fought since being knocked out by then-UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo in the fourth at UFC 163 back in 2013.

After having surgery to repair a bagging shoulder injury and said that he is more than ready to come back and pick where he left off and is eager to show his improved technique.

“I’ve also been concentrating on training technique more than trying to maintain peak physical condition,” he said. “So now I’m curious as to whether I’ll be able to use those skills in a fight. I want to test myself.”

There is no official word on when Jung will make his eagerly-awaited return to the UFC or if Penn will be the first man he fights.

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