According to an article Saturday on ProMMAInsider.com, it took the better part of four rounds for Jose Aldo to finish the job against challenger Chan Sung Jung, which he finally did when a self-inflicted injury left the “Korean Zombie” ripe for the picking.
During an exchange, Jung blew out his shoulder, which did not go unnoticed by Aldo. The champion pounced on his wounded prey, finishing him off in front of a cheering home crowd in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
It was the seventh successful WEC/UFC 145-pound title defense of for Jose Aldo, as well as his 16th straight win overall. His reign as champion is second only to Georges St. Pierre in terms of length inside the UFC.
“Yes, I did see that he had separated his shoulder,” Aldo (23-1) said when asked if he saw the injury. “So I kicked him and I tried to put him down on the ground to get some ground and pound.”
The first three rounds of the fight were much less exciting. Aldo decided to abandon his nasty leg kicks which have become a staple of his fights, and Jung was much less frantic than he typically is. The result was a fight that up until the finish was not the fan-friendly affair most had anticipated. Whether or not the long layoff, or perhaps being on the biggest stage of his career were to blame is not known, but Jung (13-4) gave little indication that he was going to be able to take the fight had the injury not occurred.
Perhaps the most exciting moment of the fight prior to the end came in the second round when Aldo caught Jung trying to execute a flying knee. Aldo sidestepped the knee, and caught Jung midair, and turned it into a takedown of his own, where he rode out the rest of the round.
“I saw it was a tough decision, so I thought that if I could take him down, put him with his back to the floor, I would be able to win the round,” said Aldo.
It wasn’t until the final round that the Korean Zombie finally came to life somewhat. Unfortunately, he separated his shoulder after connecting on an overhand right to the head of Jose Aldo. Backing off, he tried to put it back in place, but Aldo quickly pounced, giving him no time to recover. He started throwing multiple kicks to the injured shoulder, and then once Jung fell, he swarmed him for the finish.
Following the fight, Jose Aldo was asked in the cage by Brian Stann what was next, including a possible move to lightweight.
“I don’t know,” Aldo said. “I just work for the UFC.”
UFC 163 Results:
Jose Aldo def. Chan Sung Jung via fourth-round TKO
Phil Davis def. Lyoto Machida via unanimous decision
Cezar Ferreira def. Thiago Santos via submission (guillotine)
Thales Leites def. Tom Watson via unanimous decision
John Lineker def. Jose Maria via second-round TKO
Anthony Perosh def. Vinny Magalhaes via first-round KO
Amanda Nunes def. Sheila Gaff via first-round TKO
Sergio Moraes def. Neil Magny via submission (triangle choke)
Ian McCall def. Iliarde Santos via unanimous decision
Rani Yahya def. Josh Clopton via unanimous decision
Francimar Barroso def. Ednaldo Oliveira via unanimous decision
Viscardi Andrade def. Bristol Marunde via first-round TKO