Morning Report: Chan Sung Jung believes Anthony Pettis 'cut in line' to fight Jose Aldo

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The UFC featherweight division is deeper than it has ever been before, yet the past two title shots have gone to glorified lightweights. According to Chan Sung Jung, who once held the key to contendership in the palm of his hand before a shoulder injury sidelined him for much of the past year, the UFC's recent matchmaking just doesn't make much sense.

"First off, I feel kind of like (Anthony) Pettis cut in line," Jung said in an interview with BJPenn.com.

"I disagree with the choice. It's not as though I feel like I should be the one fighting (Jose) Aldo, either. It's just that Pettis hasn't really earned a place in the division yet. I think that (Ricardo) Lamas, myself or even some other guys should've gotten the title shot before Pettis."

Jung, a fan-favorite affectionately referred to as "The Korean Zombie," now meets Lamas on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162. The winner of the bout will likely be dubbed the division's No. 1 contender, which would mark the first time since early-2012 that a UFC featherweight title challenger has an actual, pre-existing history with the weight class.

Even now, Jung remains perplexed by the Pettis booking, although former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar's gifted title shot against Aldo is a bit more understandable.

"That situation was a little different," Jung explained. "Originally, Edgar wasn't given an immediate title shot at featherweight. He was supposed to have a fight before Aldo, but Koch got injured. Mendes had just lost to Aldo, there weren't a lot of choices at that point, so Edgar wasn't a bad choice in those circumstances."

It's been frustrating for Jung to watch all of this transpire from the sidelines without being able to stake a claim for himself. His shoulder injury resulted in a roller-coaster road to recovery, and while he "wouldn't say it's perfect," Jung is finally back to training without any issues.

Most surprisingly, though, Jung apparently fought his last fight -- 2012's Fight of the Year against Dustin Poirier -- with a torn rotator cuff. The injury was so bad, Jung "couldn't hit mitts at all for the last month of training," which makes his electric fourth-round victory over Poirier that much more impressive.

But now the Zombie is back, and even though he dropped one spot on the division's ladder, he's still in prime position to attain the goal that has always been out of reach. And to that, despite any animosity held towards Pettis, Jung has no doubts who he'd prefer to fight with the UFC title on the line.

"Aldo has been the champ since the WEC days," Jung finished. "He's seen as unbeatable, so for several different reasons, it would mean more to me to fight, and beat, Jose Aldo."

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HW:

Jared Rosholt (6-1) vs. Richard White

This is a stay busy fight for Rosholt. White has been in with some good fighters, but lost to all of them. He has also lost 9 of his last 10 and anything short of a 1st round Sub or TKO would be disappointing for one of the best prospects in the sport.

LW:

Chris Feist (6-0) vs. Kalvin Hackney

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FW:

Jamal Parks (1-0) vs. Josh McCracken

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BW:

Tyler Shinn (4-1) vs. Jeremy Castillo

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