UFC On Fuel TV 3 Fight Card Primer: Dustin Poirier Vs. The Korean Zombie Tonight

Chan Sung Jung (145.5) is all smiles at the UFC 140 weigh-ins on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

In the main event of the UFC on FUEL TV 3, Dustin Poirier (12-1; 4-0 UFC) faces The Korean Zombie Chan Sung Jung (12-3; 2-0 UFC). This fight is in the Featherweight division and is the last of six bouts on the televised card. The USA TODAY / MMA Nation Consensus MMA Rankings have Poirier ranked as the #6 Featherweight in the world with Jung at #11. The Fuel card begins Tuesday, May 15 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

With UFC Featherweight champion Jose Aldo set to face Erik Koch at UFC 149, this fight will likely determine the next #1 contender. And in retrospect, it probably would have made sense for one of these men to already be challenging Aldo. Both Poirier and Jung are coming in off impressive wins with highlight finishes. They also provide a very interesting match-up, as there has been a lot of back and forth debate over how this fight will play out. Some favor Poirier in the stand-up, but Jung on the ground, while some see it as exactly the opposite. It's an intriguing fight that has the potential to deliver a real classic.

How do these two stack up?

Poirier: 23 years old | 5'9" | 73" reach
Jung: 25 years old | 5'9" | 72" reach

What have these two done recently?

Poirier: W - Max Holloway (Sub) | W - Pablo Garza (Sub) | W - Jason Young (UD)
Jung: W - Mark Hominick (KO) | W - Leonard Garcia (Sub) | L - George Roop (KO)

How did these two get here?

Dustin Poirier came up through the Southern regional scene where he trains with UFC veteran Tim Credeur. He made his WEC debut in 2010 and was 1-1 in that organization before it closed, with his lone loss coming against Danny Castillo. He's made a smooth transition to the UFC, going 4-0 with increasingly impressive wins. His last, a slick mounted triangle choke/armbar variation over Max Holloway, was absolutely beautiful. That fight was originally set to be Poirier vs. Koch with a possible title shot on the line, but when Koch was injured, Poirier's title aspirations were temporarily slowed (while Koch inexplicably leapfrogged him). Though he has looked good in the UFC, he needs a big win here to gain more casual fan name recognition.

The Korean Zombie Chan Sung Jung will likely forever be remembered for his WEC war with Leonard Garcia - a fight that has been called the best MMA fight of all time by some. The Korean fighter first made his name in Japan's Sengoku organization, where he earned the Korean Zombie nickname for his style of just wading forward through punches. He went 2-1 in Sengoku, then 0-2 in the WEC with a close decision loss to Garcia in that fight, and a big KO loss to George Roop. Many wrote him off after the Roop loss, but he focused on his striking and reinvented himself as a fighter. Since then, he's pulled off a spectacular submission win via twister over Garcia and a 7 second KO of Mark Hominick. He's a bit of a cult figure among hardcore fans, and rightfully so, and with a win here, that fandom should boost him to a title shot.

Why should you care?

Because this is a great fight. Both men are super dynamic fighters who are skilled in all areas. And both deliver highlight finishes on a regular basis. Plus, there's a potential title shot at play. I'm really excited for this.

More UFC on FUEL TV 3 preview coverage from Bloody Elbow after the jump.

SBN coverage of UFC on Fuel 3

UFC On Fuel TV 3: Dustin Poirier Thinks The Korean Zombie 'Gets A Little Bit Emotional' - Steph Daniels

UFC On Fuel TV 3 Main-Eventer Chan Sung Jung On Poirier, Aldo, Hominick - Dallas Winston

UFC On Fuel TV 3: Korean Zombie Vs. Poirier - Fight Time, Broadcast/Stream Info And Fight Card Odds - Brent Brookhouse

UFC On Fuel TV 3: Donald Cerrone Vs. Jeremy Stephens Dissection - Dallas Winston

UFC On Fuel 3: Korean Zombie Vs. Poirier Betting Lines - Tim Burke

UFC On Fuel TV 3: Yves Jabouin Vs. Jeff Hougland Dissection - Dallas Winston

UFC On Fuel TV 3: Jason MacDonald Vs. Tom Lawlor Dissection - Dallas Winston

UFC Featherweight Schedule: Poirier Vs. Zombie, Aldo Vs. Koch, More - Fraser Coffeen

UFC On Fuel 3 Weigh-In Results: Poirier 145, Korean Zombie 145 - Tim Burke

UFC On Fuel 3 Staff Picks And Predictions - Tim Burke

UFC's Jeff Curran Wants To Explore The Possibility Of Moving Down To Flyweight - Steph Daniels

UFC On Fuel TV 3: Fabio Maldonado Vs. Igor Pokrajac Dissection - Dallas Winston

UFC On Fuel TV 3: Facebook Preliminary Card Dissection - Dallas Winston

UFC On Fuel 3 Fight Card: Korean Zombie Vs. Poirier - Tim Burke

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