UFC featherweight Chan Sung Jung has spoke of his desire to be South Korea's next star as he prepares for the biggest fight of his career when he faces champion Jose Aldo this weekend.
The pair go head to head this Saturday's in the main event of UFC 163 in Rio de Janeiro, with Jung looking to become featherweight champion with victory.
The 26-year-old believes claiming the championship belt will help improve the popularity of the sport in his home country, and feels South Korea need a big martial arts star.
“If I became UFC champion, I think UFC will become very popular in South Korea,” he said.
“We need a big star in mixed martial arts. I hope to be that star.”
Aiming to become the first Asian fighter to win a UFC title, Jung revealed his surprise at being given the chance to take on Aldo, after replacing the injured Anthony Pettis.
“At first, I was really in disbelief about it, and so until Dana White actually announced that I was going to be in the fight, I actually didn't really even believe it but it was true," he explained.
Jung also thought that Ricardo Lamas was to be given the nod ahead of him as Aldo's opponent.
“To be honest with you, I thought that Lamas would have been the first choice as well. But I'm happy to have been chosen.
"I think maybe what made the difference was the stylistic differences and I think that this fight is guaranteed to be an exciting fight.
"And that's probably one of the big reasons why they chose me to go over Lamas.”
Jung has fought 16 times in his martial arts career, and is looking for his 14th win when he takes to the ring this weekend.
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