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Wednesday, Jul 07, 2004

Jhun Still Gunning For Ufc 49 Debut:awaits New Opponent

Jhun Still Gunning For UFC 49 Debut:
Awaits New Opponent

By Loretta Hunt

Ronald Jhun
Rumors make the MMA world go ’round, but Ron "the Machine Gun" Jhun is hoping one particular weed of gossip will get trampled as quickly as it has sprouted up. Despite the confirmed news that opponent Robbie Lawler has withdrawn from his upcoming bout with Jhun due to a recurring rib injury aggravated in training, the experienced 21-11-2 Hawaiian rep says he’s still on the roster for August 21st’s UFC 49, pending a new adversary to be announced.

"I got some bad news," Jhun recounted from UFC matchmaker Joe Silva’s recent phone conversation with the UFC’s newest middleweight entry. "Don’t worry, your still fighting, but Robbie’s out." After word had gotten back to Jhun that he himself had been injured, the Hawaiian says he wasn’t surprised by the development and continues to train at full speed.

Earning his nickname for his fast and aggressive hands in the cage, Jhun seemed a game opponent for fellow brawler and Miletich Martial Arts fighter Robbie Lawler, and even though the Hawaiian has grown accustomed to fighting at welterweight for the last two years, he eagerly took the opportunity at middleweight. A replacement for Lawler has yet to be suggested, yet Jhun anticipates the bout to remain at 185 pounds in observation of the promotion’s current efforts to build up that weight division. "I’m always ready for whoever they put in front of me," the construction worker by day comments. "In this sport, you have to accept all challenges."

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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