Even 'Korean Zombie' is doing Conor McGregor-inspired trolling of Jeremy Stephens

Dann StuppJeremy Stephens will never escape that infamous Conor McGregor dis.

You know the one – “Who da fook is that guy?” – that McGregor tossed Stephens’ way during a UFC 205 press conference a year ago. When Stephens suggested he’s the 145-pound division’s hardest hitter, McGregor countered with the now-legendary question (via YouTube):

Although the quote has taken on a life on its own and been used to dismiss callouts from all corners of the sport, Chan Sung Jung – the “Korean Zombie” – channeled it to use on its original target.

It started on Monday when Stephens (26-14 MMA, 13-13 UFC), who’s fresh off an impressive and lopsided unanimous-decision win over former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez (22-7 MMA, 1-5 UFC) at UFC 215, realized his desired fight with ex-champ Jose Aldo was unlikely to happen. So he turned his focus to Jung (via Twitter):

Early Tuesday Jung (14-4 MMA, 4-1 UFC) responded with the McGregor meme and a few emojis (via Twitter):

Jung recently returned from a three-and-a-half-year layoff (due to mandatory military service in his native South Korea) and scored a “Performance of the Night” bonus with a first-round knockout of Dennis Bermudez.

While a fight between Jung, who’s No. 10 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings, and unranked Stephens could produce fireworks, the “Korean Zombie” is currently on the mend due to a knee injury. It’ll keep him out of the octagon for the remainder of the year.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Jason Knight replaces 'Korean Zombie' at UFC 214 in Anaheim

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Ricardo Lamas has a new opponent for next month’s UFC 214 event.

UFC officials today announced Jason Knight (17-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and has stepped in for injured featherweight Chan Sung Jung (14-4 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and now meet Lamas (17-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC). Jung’s injury was revealed this past week.

UFC 214 takes place July 29 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the fight card hasn’t been finalized.

Lamas is No. 5 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings. Knight is an honorable mention and just outside the top 15.

Lamas, a former title challenger, is coming off a second-round guillotine win over Charles Oliveira this past November at UFC Fight Night 98, which earned “Performance of the Night” honors. The 35-year-old vet is 4-2 since falling short to then-champ Jose Aldo at UFC 169 in 2014.

Knight looks for his fifth straight win and is coming off back-to-back stoppage victories over Alex Caceres or Chas Skelly, both of which eared “Performance of the Night” honors. The 24-year-old has three overall bonuses with his current four-fight winning streak.

The latest UFC 214 card includes:

  • Champ Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones – for light heavyweight title
  • Cristiane Justino vs. TBA
  • Dooho Choi vs. Andre Fili
  • Jason Knight vs. Ricardo Lamas
  • Renan Barao vs. Aljamain Sterling
  • Alexandra Albu vs. Kailin Curran
  • Josh Burkman vs. Drew Dober
  • Dmitrii Smoliakov vs. Adam Wieczorkowski
  • Jarred Brooks vs. Eric Shelton
  • Jimi Manuwa vs. Volkan Oezdemir
  • Sage Northcutt vs. Claudio Puelles
  • Renato Moicano vs. Brian Ortega
  • Sara McMann vs. Ketlen Vieira

For more on UFC 214, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Chan Sung Jung out of UFC 214; promotion seeks replacement to fight Ricardo Lamas

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UFC featherweight standout Chan Sung Jung won’t be facing Ricardo Lamas at UFC 214.

Lamas (17-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC) today told MMAjunkie the promotion is looking for a replacement. Veteran MMA commentator Robin Black first tweeted news that Jung (14-4 MMA, 4-1 UFC) has suffered an undisclosed injury.

UFC 214 takes place July 29 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the fight card hasn’t been finalized.

Jung has to reset after a triumphant return earlier this year. In his first fight since completing mandatory two-year military service in South Korea, the onetime UFC title challenger knocked out Dennis Bermudez in February at UFC Fight Night 104, putting him back in the win column after a title setback against current champ Jose Aldo in his previous bout.

Lamas undoubtedly wanted to steal some of that shine after a second-round guillotine submission of Charles Oliveira this past November at UFC Fight Night 98. He is 4-2 in the octagon since falling short to Aldo at UFC 169 in 2014.

The latest UFC 214 card now includes:

  • Champ Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones – for light heavyweight title
  • Cristiane Justino vs. TBA
  • Jimi Manuwa vs. Volkan Oezdemir
  • Dooho Choi vs. Andre Fili
  • Ricardo Lamas vs. TBA
  • Renan Barao vs. Aljamain Sterling
  • Alexandra Albu vs. Kailin Curran
  • Josh Burkman vs. Drew Dober
  • Dmitrii Smoliakov vs. Adam Wieczorkowski
  • Jarred Brooks vs. Eric Shelton
  • Sage Northcutt vs. Claudio Puelles
  • Renato Moicano vs. Brian Ortega
  • Sara McMann vs. Ketlen Vieira

For more on UFC 214, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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