May 15, 2012; Fairfax, VA, USA; Dustin Poirier (top) switches poisition with the Korean Zombie (bottom) during the Korean zombie vs Poirier event at Patriot Center. Credit: Rafael Suanes-US PRESSWIRE
In the main event of UFC on FUEL TV 3, Featherweights Dustin Poirier and The Korean Zombie Chan Sung Jung squared off with a possible title shot on the line. After 3 rounds of fantastic action, it was Chan Sung Jung who stood victorious. The underdog fighter once again scored the upset, submitting Poirier just over 1 minute into round 4 with a D'Arce choke. The Korean Zombie is now 13-3 overall and remains undefeated in the UFC with 3 wins, all via impressive highlight reel stoppage. Poirier drops to 12-2 on his career, 4-1 in the UFC.
Throughout the fight, it was Chan Sung Jung who was in control, but Poirier made it a tremendous fight. Moving from the feet to the ground and back again, these two men engaged in a war, however it was Jung who was consistently winning the exchanges, consistently outlanding his opponent. Post-fight, Jung called out UFC Featherweight champion Jose Aldo, and after that showing, it's hard to deny him that fight.
What was the high spot of this fight?
Obviously, the fight ending sequence was great, from Jung's uppercut through the choke. But I was equally impressed by the chain of submissions he put together in the second round - a great show of what it means to go for a win instead of just ride out a dominant position to win the round.
Where do these guys go from here?
After UFC 140 and the 7 second KO of Mark Hominick, I argued for a Korean Zombie title fight. Now, the UFC would be fools not to do it. Sure he'd be the underdog against Aldo (assuming Aldo defeats Erik Koch), but that's the role he is made for. The fans love him, he's defeated two top contenders, he has a crazy highlight reel and he's the biggest name in the division after Aldo. Dana White claims he's next in line - let's hope that's what happens!
Dustin Poirier is young, and he has plenty of time to bounce back from this. He could easily face Koch if Koch drops that title challenge, but I'd actually rather see him get a win back first with a slightly easier fight.
Watch it now, later or never?
Now. I had high hopes for this fight, and it delivered. This is a possible Fight of the Year right here folks. It's just a shame it was on Fuel. Find a way and go watch it right this second.
More Bloody Elbow coverage of UFC on FUEL TV 3 in the full entry.