Let’s take a look at the current ranking of Chan Sung Jung at various outlets:
Now, I’m of the opinion that a top fighter must fight (and win) often enough to sustain such a lofty ranking.
If we go back to the start of 2010, we have the following results for Chan Sung Jung:
|0.82||Jose Aldo||#1 FW||#1 FW||L(TKO)|
|2.03||Dustin Poirier||#15 FW||#9 FW||W(TKO)|
|2.46||Mark Hominick||#19 FW||N/A||W(KO)|
|3.17||Leonard Garcia||#25 FW||#102 FW||W(SUB)|
|3.66||George Roop||#80 FW||#26 BW||L(KO)|
|4.09||Leonard Garcia||#21 FW||#102 FW||L(SD)|
- In his last six fights, he is 3-3.
- He hasn’t won in over 2 years.
- He had just 1 fight in 2012, and 1 fight in 2013.
- Except Poirier, all of his opponents have essentially held their rank level, dropped in division, declined, or retired since the respective bout.
On a positive note, CSJ put up a valiant effort against Aldo in his loss. Furthermore, Poirier who he beat, now holds a Top 10 ranking, though it can definitely be argued that Poirier has improved since the aforementioned bout — looking at an opponent’s performance post-bout is not a part of the core rating system.
On results alone, perhaps a #24 ranking is a little harsh. But given his spotty activity, I honestly don’t think it is very far off the mark.