Well, UFC featherweight king Jose Aldo won’t have to worry about Anthony Pettis (pictured) cutting the 145-pound line anymore. On Friday, it was announced a knee injury has forced Pettis out of his UFC 163 shootout against Aldo.
“The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung has agreed to serve as substitute on August 23.
Jung will be riding a three-fight winning streak into the biggest fight of his life. However, the popular submission specialist has been mending his injured shoulder since upsetting Dustin Poirier last May.
Aldo, meanwhile, is considered by most as the baddest featherweight to ever play the game. “Scarface” has rattled off 15 straight wins en route to capturing the 145-pound crown.
June was originally slated to face fellow top contender Ricardo Lamas at UFC 162.
No word on what’s in store for Lamas. In addition, the extent of Pettis’ injury was not disclosed.
HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil hosts the festivities.
Here is the show’s revised roster:
Viscardi Andrade vs. Bristol Marunde
John Lineker vs. Phil Harris
Robert Drysdale vs. Ednaldo Oliveira
Ian McCall vs. Iliarde Santos
Rani Yahya vs. Josh Clopton
Thales Leites vs. Tom Watson
Sergio Moraes vs. Neil Magny
Amanda Nunes vs. Sheila Gaff
Vinny Magalhaes vs. Anthony Perosh
Clint Hester vs. Cezar Ferreira
Demian Maia vs Josh Koscheck
Lyoto Machida vs. Phil Davis
“The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung vs. Jose Aldo (UFC featherweight champion)