“Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung Set For Eye Surgery, Aiming For Summer Return

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Top-ranked UFC featherweight “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung has opted to undergo eye surgery.

After contemplating surgery for some time now, Jung has decided to undergo a minor operation to help repair some double vision problems he has been having as of late. MMA Junkie was first to report the news. Initially, doctors in Korea dismissed any potential issue. However, Jung received a different diagnosis upon seeking a second opinion in the United States.

“Recently, it has been more important for me to figure out my double vision issue,” Jung said. “It took a long time to get medical exams done and there was a difference with diagnoses between doctors in Korea and Phoenix.”

Following the second opinion in Phoenix, Jung has decided to get the operation and will be out-of-action until the summer. Jung maintains the operation is not a major one, so he shouldn’t be out for too long.

“Finally, I decided to get the surgery done in Phoenix soon,” Jung said. “I am sure I will be able to get back to the cage around July or August because the surgeon says it is not a big surgery.”

Jung has been on a tear through the featherweight division as of late. He’s currently the No. 5-ranked featherweight in the UFC and is looking to challenge Alexander Volkanovski for the title. However, the Las Vegas-based mixed martial arts (MMA) organization will likely lean towards a rematch between Volkanovski and Max Holloway next.

With that being said, Jung is still 100 percent focused on the champion. Although a fight with Brian Ortega still interests him, his goal for the gold remains the same.

“Right now, my focus goes on Volkanovski,” Jung said. “If it would not work for me to fight the champion, I would be interested in fighting Ortega – but I want to make sure. At this moment, I want to fight Volkanovski.”