Chan Sung Jung is ready to resume his MMA career, and he wants to fight none other than MMA legend and multiple-time UFC champion #BJPenn.
Chan, better known as the "Korean Zombie," announced his comeback to MMA competition on Tuesday through a video on Facebook.
The "Korean Zombie" hasn't competed in over three years since challenging Jose Aldo for the featherweight belt at UFC 163 in August of 2013. He lost that fight via fourth-round technical knockout after dislocating his shoulder.
On October 2014, the 29-year-old Chan was forced to put his MMA career on hold to fulfill his two-year, mandatory military service required of male South Korean citizens.
Now, ready for a comeback, Chan gave fans a brief update on his health, career and life, and called out Penn to a fight through his video.
"For the past six months, there's a fighter that I've been wanting to fight – B.J. Penn," Chan explained, in Korean, but translated through subtitles.
The "Korean Zombie" had his eyes on Penn since B.J. first announced his drop to the 145-pound weight class, but he thought he had missed his chance to fight the Hawaiian when Penn was booked to fight Ricardo Lamas at UFC Fight Night 97.
"When the B.J. Penn/Lamas fight was announced, I thought I missed my chance," Chan said. "But then, I heard that Penn had a rib injury, so I kind of felt like maybe it was an opportunity for me. It would be great timing if Penn and I were ready to come back at the same time.
"Since he was at lightweight before, I never really thought about fighting him that much, but when he came down to featherweight, I would think that all of the fighters in the division would have liked to fight him. I'm one of them. Since I'm making my comeback, and Penn is going to be coming back as well, I'd really like a chance to fight him."
Apart from wanting to get a crack at the former lightweight and welterweight champion, The Korean Zombie addressed the shoulder injuries that hindered his performance in his championship bout against Aldo.
"In the past six months, I've been concentrating on rehabbing my previous injuries in preparation for my return to fighting," Jung said. "I have been working with some personal trainers, taking my time, trying not to rush my rehabilitation. I have been consistently rehabbing over the past two years, and I still continue to do so. Since I had my shoulder surgery on both of my shoulders, I've been concentrating on getting them healthy again."
Chan, who's made a name for himself by delivering some memorable performances inside the #Octagon, says his return to the UFC feels like a new beginning, and vows to make his fights more exciting than they used to be, if that's even possible.
"Now that I'm back in the UFC, I'll try to put on even more exciting fights that the fans can get really excited about. Please, look forward to it."