With an impressive showing over Dustin Poirer, Chan Sung Jung effectively placed himself into title contention. Although Erik Koch is slated to receive the next title shot against featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo, “The Korean Zombie” very well could be next in line.

Of course, there’s no guarantee that Aldo will emerge victorious over Koch, but given his dominance at 145 pounds, it’s tough to bet against the Brazilian. So assuming Aldo adds another title defense to his record, just how does Jung match up with the current champion?

Just like any MMA fight, our dissection will begin with the stand-up exchanges that will no doubt bring fans to their feet should Aldo and Jung meet one another. If you look at Jung’s stand-up skills, you will likely think of a few words to describe it but one that should definitely come to mind is “power.”

“The Korean Zombie” wings punches from his hip at times and seems to put every ounce of his body into each strike. Normally this would tire a fighter out, but it seems Jung isn’t fazed by the pace he sets.

Not only does Jung throw strikes with reckless abandon, but he also lands them frequently. And evident by his one-punch KO of Mark Hominick, Jung is packing some serious power in his fists.

Fans will point to Hominick overextending himself on his opening strikes or being off balance, but the fact remains that Jung still put him to sleep in under 10 seconds.

Of course, the main objective for Jung will be to land those power strikes on Aldo as much as he can, something the Brazilian will likely make very difficult. Aldo has some of the best head movement and defensive skills in all of MMA.

Just take a look at Aldo’s bout against Hominick at UFC 129. Hominick, a much more technical striker than Jung, found it extremely difficult at times to locate Aldo’s chin. Would Jung’s overly aggressive style fare any better?

I don’t believe so, as Aldo will no doubt have his head movement and footwork in top form to avoid one of the heavy bombs from Jung. But that doesn’t mean all hope is lost for “The Korean Zombie.”

The South Korean fighter isn’t simply a one-trick pony. He’s shown to possess a slick submission game as well. Despite only holding the rank of blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and being more known for his striking prowess, Jung has actually won the majority of his bouts via submission.

Jung’s two most recent submissions—the d’arce choke over Poirer and the twister submission of his rival, Leonard Garcia—were very impressive.

Aldo comes from a more prestigious grappling background, training at the well-known Nova Uniao camp and will likely be very prepared for any submission attempts Jung will throw his way.

Perhaps I’m getting ahead of myself, because discussing whether or not Jung can submit Aldo must start with the question of whether or not “The Korean Zombie” can take the champion down.

The answer to that question in my mind is an emphatic no at this point in time.

I don’t mean to discredit Jung’s takedown skills but highlight Aldo’s takedown defense. Aldo is seemingly impossible to take down. NCAA Division I wrestlers Urijah Faber and Chad Mendes both struggled to take Aldo down, and they are some of the most explosive takedown artists in the division.

Hominick was able to land some takedowns in their bout, but that was only after Aldo was obviously fatigued. A fresh Aldo won’t be taken down by anything less than an attempt with 100 percent effort.

The bottom line when examining a Jung-Aldo showdown is that “The Korean Zombie” does have a chance and has legitimate skills, but is he the man to dethrone Aldo?

Although “The Korean Zombie” should keep it interesting, the answer to that question has to be: probably not.

Photo: Chan Sung Jung (top) (Ed Mulholland/ESPN)

About The Author

Kyle Symes
Staff Writer

Kyle is a recent graduate of Aurora University, where he obtained a Bachelor's in Communications. Kyle resides in Illinois, just outside of Chicago. He played baseball and football in both high school and college, but is now focusing on an amateur MMA career.