UFC featherweight Chan Sung Jung has competed inside the Octagon only once since his 2013 loss to Jose Aldo. A combination of mandatory military service in his homeland and injuries have sidelined him. It is likely that his latest injury, sustained during training for his scheduled UFC 214 appearance, will keep him out of action for the remainder of 2017 and most if not all of 2018.
The Korean Zombie suffered a complete rupture of the ACL and MCL ligaments in his right knee. He underwent surgical repair of the damage on June 28th, posting a post-operative picture on social media.
In the initial report of the damage to his knee, he was also noted to have a discoid lateral meniscus. This was likely an incidental finding, unrelated to the traumatic ligament injuries. The discoid meniscus is a developmental variant, and is named for its unusual shape. A normal meniscus is shaped like a crescent moon. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, a discoid meniscus is thicker than normal, and is more prone to injury. There was no indication that the discoid lateral meniscus was torn, but the surgeon may have trimmed it down during the surgery, depending on how complete the discoid deformity was. The picture below shows a comparison between normal and discoid meniscus.
Given the extent of this injury, I do not expect the Zombie to be ready to fight before the end of 2018. What do you think? Will he step inside the Octagon before 2018 is up? Leave a comment here, or reach out to me on Twitter, @MMAInjury.