Dana White confirmed the injury of former WEC champion and officiated Chan Sung Jung as a new opponent of Brazilian
Anthony Pettis is out of UFC 163 in Rio de Janeiro. The American fighter suffered a knee injury and was cut from the event. The South Korean Jung Chan-Sung, known as "The Korean Zombie", will be the replacement of Pettis and dispute the belt featherweight champion Jose Aldo before.
UFC president Dana White, who was released information on the afternoon of Friday, via Twitter. "Pettis hurt his knee, the Korean Zombie will now face Jose Aldo for the title card in August in Rio," said the representative.
Also through social networking, Anthony Pettis lamented the injury. He said he was well prepared for the confrontation, but know that injuries are part of the sport. "I had a little bruised meniscus. I was so ready for this fight, but it will not stop me! Be back soon. "
Former WEC lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis made his UFC debut in June 2011 with loss to Clay Guida in unanimous decision. After that setback, he built a series of three consecutive victories - one by split decision and two by knockout - and won the chance to fight for the belt. However, instead of facing Ben Henderson, champion of 70kg category, he chose to challenge José Aldo, owner of the featherweight belt.
Jung Chan-Sung, who also comes from the defunct WEC, made his UFC debut in March 2011 and won three consecutive triumphs. He beat Leonard Garcia, Mark Hominick and Dustin Poirier. Korean is the fourth in the ranking officer of feathers and had the injury Pettis to get the chance to fight for the title.
In an interview given to "BJPenn.com" Chan Sung Jung proved quite displeased with the fact Pettis have the title shot soon its debut among the feathers.
"I feel that Pettis 'jumped the queue'. I disagree with the choice of the UFC. It's not as if I thought I should fight Aldo before all. Is that Pettis has not earned his place in the division. I think the (Ricardo) Sludge or some other guy should have won the title shot before Pettis, "the" Korean Zombie ".
Jose Aldo, meanwhile, has defended the UFC belt four times. He defeated Mark Hominick, Kenny Florian, Chad Mendes, and Frankie Edgar. The winner has not yet ruled on the exchange of opponent at UFC 163, which will take place on August 3 at the Arena in Barra da Tijuca.