Anthony Pettis Out Of Title Fight With Jose Aldo, “The Korean Zombie” Stepping In
By FCF Staff
UFC President Dana White has announced that Anthony Pettis has been forced to withdraw from his August 3rd bout with featherweight champ Jose Aldo, and that Chang Sung Jung will take his place. White made the announcement via Twitter.
In a follow up tweet from Pettis, the former lightweight contender stated:
Injuries are part of the sport, Small tear in my meniscus. I was so ready for this fight, this won’t stop me!Be back soon.
Pettis announced after he stopped Donald Cerrone in January that he was interested in fighting Aldo, and the promotion booked him for a UFC 163 tilt with the renowned champ.
Now, “The Korean Zombie” will step in for Pettis, who originally was scheduled to fight fellow contender Ricardo Lamas at UFC 162 on July 6th. The UFC has not locked up a replacement opponent yet for Lamas.
Jung (13-3) is coming off consecutive wins over Leonard Garcia, Mark Hominick and most recently Dustin Poirier, after getting knocked out by George Roop in 2010.
Aldo (22-1), meanwhile, scored a unanimous decision win over Frankie Edgar at UFC 156 in his last outing, which took place in February.
UFC 163 will be hosted by the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.