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?
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.
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