Anthony Pettis Injured, ‘Korean Zombie’ to Face Jose Aldo in UFC 163 Headliner



Anthony Pettis has suffered a knee injury that will not allow him to challenge Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight title.

UFC President Dana White announced the news on Friday, revealing that Aldo will now defend his belt against Chan Sung Jung in the UFC 163 main event. Jung was initially booked to face Ricardo Lamas on July 6 at < a="" href="http://www.sherdog.com/events/UFC-162-Silva-vs-Weidman-28459">UFC 162; it is currently unknown if Lamas will remain on that bill.

The new headliner tops the Aug. 3 card, which takes place at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro and also features a light heavyweight confrontation pitting ex-champion Lyoto Machida against Phil Davis.

Commonly known as “The Korean Zombie,” Jung has won three straight fights since suffering back-to-back defeats to Leonard Garcia and George Roop to cap his World Extreme Cagefighting career. The 26-year-old avenged his controversial loss to Garcia in his UFC debut, submitting the brawler with a twister at Fight Night 24. Two more victories would follow for the South Korean, who knocked out former title challenger Mark Hominick in just seven seconds to close out 2011 before submitting Dustin Poirier with a brabo choke just over one year ago in Sherdog’s 2012 “Fight of the Year.”

Aldo, meanwhile, last competed on Feb. 2, when he took a hard-fought unanimous decision from ex-lightweight ruler Frankie Edgar at UFC 156. “Scarface” has not lost in more than seven years and owns a 4-0 UFC record, successfully defending his title against Hominick, Kenny Florian, Chad Mendes and Edgar.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 views

Anthony Pettis makes a quick turnaround to face Rafael dos Anjos in March at UFC 185. Anthony Pettis will defend his UFC lightweight title again in March, facing Rafael dos Anjos. The announcement wa read news >>

  • 10 days ago
  • 4 views

UFC President Dana White discusses the aftermath of UFC Fight NightL Boston, as well as why Jose Aldo would not face off against Conor McGregor in the octagon. On Sunday night, UFC fans witnessed Con read news >>

  • 10 days ago
  • 267 views

The UFC appeared to botch a golden opportunity to have Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo face off after the Irishman's victory Sunday night. But UFC President Dana White would later explain to Ariel Helwa read news >>

  • 10 days ago
  • 302 views

Unless it's for a fight, "Junior" won't dare step foot inside the eight-walled cage. Shortly after putting the screws to Dennis Siver on FOX Sports 1 (watch it), Conor McGregor got up close and perso read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 11 views

LAS VEGAS – If victorious later this month, Conor McGregor will get a title shot, and “it’ll be the biggest fight that division has ever had.”Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 53 views

In news that's not particularly surprising, UFC president Dana White confirmed that Irish featherweight sensation Conor McGregor will be next for Jose Aldo if he gets past Dennis Siver on January 19t read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 53 views

On Thursday UFC President Dana White confirmed outspoken featherweight contender Conor McGregor is one win away from a title shot. Soon after, the division’s reigning champ, Jose Aldo, posted this ph read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has booked Anthony Pettis for his second lightweight title defense against streaking division No. 1 contender Rafael dos Anjos, for the upcoming UFC 185 pay-per-v read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 views

Rafael dos Anjos will get the next shot at the lightweight title when he challenges reigning champion Anthony Pettis at UFC 185 in Dallas. read news >>