Dustin Poirier submits Max Holloway - Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images
Two of the UFC's most entertaining featherweights have engaged in a bit of mild trash talking on Twitter in the last few days and it appears that they'll now get to settle their dispute in the Octagon, as UFC.com announced that Dustin Poirier vs. Chan Sung Jung will serve as the main event for UFC on Fuel 3 in Virginia on May 15th:
"The Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung takes on Dustin "The Diamond" Poirier in a three-round main event, set for May 15th in Fairfax, VA.
Jung, "The Korean Zombie" has quickly become a fan-favorite with an impressive highlight reel, including his legendary brawl with Leonard Garcia, the first ever Twister submission in the UFC, and his shocking 7-second knockout of heavy favorite, Mark Hominick, back in December. Although he's 3-3 in his last six fights, the Zombie's popularity and propensity for ending fights in exciting fashion could propel him to a title shot with a win over the equally fast-rising Poirier.
It wasn't too long ago that Louisiana's Dustin Poirier was a heavy underdog to Josh Grispi, who had first been penciled in for a title shot against Jose Aldo, before an injury paved the way for Poirier to step in as a replacement. Poirier, who had previous flown under the radar in the WEC, sure didn't look like an underdog as he thrashed Grispi for three rounds, marking the start of a undefeated run in his first four UFC fights. Now hot on the heels of two impressive submission wins over Pablo Garza and Max Holloway, Poirier could see himself leap-frog the injured Erik Koch, who he was expected to fight for #1 contender status, and instead turn the fight with Jung into a bout that will determine Jose Aldo's next challenger.
Chan Sung Jung "The Korean Zombie" (12-3)
W Mark Hominick (TKO) - UFC 140
W Leonard Garcia (submission) - UFN 24
L George Roop (KO) - WEC 51
Dustin "Diamond" Poirier (12-1)
W Max Holloway (submission) - UFC 143
W Pablo Garza (submission) - UFC on Fox 1
W Jason Young (unam. decision) - UFC 131
UPDATE: The UFC has apparently decided to switch the broadcast plans for this event from FX to Fuel, so it will now be the third UFC on Fuel show.
The card for UFC on Fuel 3 now includes:
-Dustin Poirier vs. Chan Sung Jung
-Thiago Silva vs. Igor Pokrajac
-Donald Cerrone vs. Yves Edwards
-Jason MacDonald vs. Tom Lawlor