UFC On Fuel 3 Fight Card Primer: Main Card

FAIRFAX, VA - MAY 14: (L-R) Opponents Amir Sodollah and Jorge Lopez face off after weighing in during the UFC on Fuel TV official weigh in at Patriot Center on May 14, 2012 in Fairfax, Virginia. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Generally we break these things down fight-by-fight, but for this event we're going to do one primer for most of the main card. There are a few fighters that you might not immediately recognize, so we'll provide a little background info on each and break down the matchups a bit. For a much more thorough breakdown of each of these fights, you can check out Dallas Winston's awesome undercard dissections which will be linked with each breakdown. There will also be a separate primer covering the main event.

The first five main card fights include bouts from five different weight classes. The main card will air Fuel TV, with the broadcast kicking off at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Here's a quick rundown of the fights.

Jorge Lopez (11-2, 0-1 UFC) vs. Amir Sadollah (5-3, 5-3 UFC) - Dallas Winston's Dissection

Lopez is a disciple of the great Wanderlei Silva and came into the UFC with some expectations on his shoulders. He didn't live up to them at all with a disappointing decision loss to Justin Edwards last September. I'm guessing you know who Sadollah is by now - he constantly gets on TV. The TUF 8 winner has gone 5-3 in the promotion by is coming off a loss to Duane Ludwig last August. Sadollah is well-rounded but has been focusing on his Muay Thai of late, so you can expect a standup battle.

Donald Cerrone (17-4, 1 NC, 4-1 UFC) vs. Jeremy Stephens (20-7, 7-6 UFC) - Dallas Winston's Dissection

Stephens is in as a replacement for Yves Edwards. He's coming off a split-decision loss to Anthony Pettis. Cerrone lost for the first time in the UFC to Nate Diaz in his last outing. Stephens likes to pressure his opponents and has the ability to take fights to the floor, while Cerrone likes to fight from distance and has a good ground game. It'll be interesting to see if Stephens can land his popeye punch and how Cerrone will react if it does land.

Jeff Hougland (10-4, 1-0 UFC) vs. Yves Jabouin (17-7, 2-1 UFC) - Dallas Winston's Dissection

Hougland was originally scheduled to face Renan Barao at UFC 148, but was moved back to this card when Mike Easton got hurt. Jabouin is 2-0 since dropping to bantamweight, picking up split decision wins over Ian Loveland and Walel Watson. Hougland won his only UFC bout to date over Donny Walker last July. This is pretty much striker vs. grappler. Can Hougland get the fight to the ground? We'll see.

SBN coverage of UFC on Fuel 3: Zombie vs. Poirier

Fabio Maldonado (18-4, 1-1 UFC) vs. Igor Pokrajac (24-8, 3-3 UFC) - Dallas Winston's Dissection

In the only light heavyweight bout on the card, hard-hitters Maldonado and Pokrajac try to knock each other's blocks off. Maldonado is coming off a loss to Kyle Kingsbury in his last bout, while Pokrajac has won two in a row. Maldonado has very good boxing, while Pokrajac is probably a bit more well-rounded. Should be a good battle.

Tom Lawlor (7-4, 1 NC, 3-3 UFC) vs. Jason MacDonald (25-15, 6-7 UFC) - Dallas Winston's Dissection

Lawlor will look to rebound from getting choked out by Chris Weidman when he faces MacDonald, who was beaten down by Alan Belcher last time out. MacDonald is on the road to retirement and would dearly love a win here. Lawlor's at a distinct disadvantage on the ground but has the hands to put away J-Mac early.

More UFC on Fuel 3 preview content from Bloody Elbow is below...

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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