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August 6, 2013

Aldo retains crown in Brazil

In an affair that ended strangely, Jose Aldo managed to retain his crown as he gained a TKO victory over Chan Sung Jung in UFC 163, Saturday.

Following the success of its most recent outing on Fox, the UFC returned to Pay-Per-View as Featherweight champion Jose Aldo defended his title against “The Korean Zombie” Chang Sung Jung at UFC 163.

The injury bug has been prevalent for the 145 pound division in the UFC. Champion Jose Aldo has seen his title challengers change many a time. Most recently, the champion was set to face Anthony Pettis in Pettis’ bid to take the crown after moving from lightweight.

This was not to be, as Pettis suffered a shoulder injury. Stepping in for him was someone who many considered the rightful contender one year ago: Chan Sung Jung, passionately nicknamed “The Korean Zombie.”

Known for his uncanny ability to take punishment, Jung was on a tear in his division since setting foot in the UFC. After getting a win back against Leonard Garcia via a “Twister” submission (the first seen in the UFC), he went on to knock out former title challenger Mark Hominick in seven seconds.

Then he would defeat rising star Dustin Poirier via a brabo neck choke, which is known as Poirier’s trademark submission. At the time, he was considered next in line for a shot at the king, but injuries would sideline him until recently.

Originally, Jung was set to face another contender in his division, the explosive Ricardo Lamas at UFC 162 this past July, but was given the call up by the UFC and given a shot at his dream.

As for Aldo, many could consider he and Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones to be the two most dominant champions in the UFC right now. The young Brazilian has not lost a bout since 2005, and has rattled off eight KO/TKO victories since that day. He almost seems to be the perfect fighter to some.

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