'Korean Zombie' Chan Sung Jung to Return, Face George Roop at WEC 51

After co-authoring one of the most memorable matches of 2010, the "Korean Zombie" is back.

Chan Sung Jung, who endeared himself to the worldwide MMA audience following a three-round battle of attrition with Leonard Garcia in April, will return in September to face George Roop at WEC 51, a source close to the situation confirmed to MMA Fighting.

The bout was first reported as a possibility by MMA Weekly.


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Jung and Garcia went toe-to-toe for a 15-minute epic with an incredible pace that saw the Zombie out-land Garcia 123-102, though the judges eventually scored the bout for Garcia in a split decision.

Still, the 23-year-old Jung (10-2) earned an entirely new legion of fans for his amazing effort and granite chin. Afterward, he had surgeries on his nose and wrist, but now appears ready to return to the aggressive style that made him an overnight sensation in the U.S.

Roop, meanwhile, has been something of an MMA journeyman during his career, advancing into the UFC after his participation on season eight of the Ultimate Fighter. After a 1-2 mark in the UFC as a lightweight, he was released, but was quickly resigned by Zuffa when he decided to drop to the featherweight division.

In two bouts as a featherweight, he's lost a unanimous decision to Eddie Wineland before most recently losing a split decision to Garcia at WEC 47. The 28-year-old is 10-6-1 in his career.

WEC 51, which has yet to be officially announced, is likely to take place in Broomfield, Colorado on Sept. 30.

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