Both the featherweight champion and challenger are likely to face significant time resting and recovering from injuries after UFC 163.
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Divisional kingpin Jose Aldo isn’t expect to return until 2014 after breaking his foot on his first kick of the fight. Aldo suffered immediate swelling during the bout but altered his usually kick-heavy style in favor of punches, takedown and ground work en route to a fourth-round TKO.
While challenger Chan Sung Jung’s injury woes seemed apparent, suffering a separated right shoulder in the midst of throwing a punch, it was not his only injury coming out of the bout.
The "Korean Zombie" also suffered a fractured orbital bone during the loss, his manager Brian "Shug" Rhee told FOX Sports.
Orbital bone breaks are often seen in combat sports like MMA and boxing. Treatment and recovery time vary depending on severity. According to Rhee, Jung is expected to visit specialists for both his shoulder and eye by the end of the week, and should have more information about his expected prognosis then.
The health issues were the latest in an unfortunate string for Jung, who was coming off surgery on his left shoulder and a 15-month layoff. Within the last few years, he’s also had surgery on his nose and suffered a hand injury.
Meanwhile, Aldo also had a second health scare on Tuesday, after he was taken to a hospital in Rio de Janeiro and diagnosed with kidney stones. The problem was not considered to be serious, and Aldo was released by Tuesday night.
The 26-year-old champion stretched his winning streak to 16 consecutive bouts with the win, and could possibly return as a lightweight when he next appears in the octagon.