The main event of the UFC on FUEL TV 3: "Korean Zombie vs. Poirier" fight card, which took place tonight (Tues., May 15, 2012) at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia, featured fan favorite Chan Sung Jung taking on the streaking Dustin Poirier.
While it wasn't explicitly stated by UFC President Dana White, a featherweight championship fight may very well have been on the line for the winner, especially considering the lack of depth at 145-pounds.
That's why "The Korean Zombie" is all smiles tonight, as he put on what was undoubtedly the greatest performance of his career. In the main event of a UFC event with everything on the line, Sung Jung overwhelmed Poirier through three rounds and in the fourth, locked in a D'Arce choke to earn a submission victory.
It's just too bad UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo is already booked to band with Erik Koch at UFC 149. Then again, I think his next challenger just proved he belongs at the top of the 145-pound heap.
Both men were aggressive to start, though Sung Jung put Poirier on his back early by catching a kick and following through. He ended up getting reversed and pushed up against the fence, however.
"The Korean Zombie" followed this up with another takedown, though, and an elbow opened up a cut on Poirier's head. Simple but effective offense with superior position. Precisely the way to win a fight.
There's a reason Poirier was in title talks before this match-up, though, and he quickly swept Jung and took top position. They went back to standing and striking but Poirier shot for a takedown just as the round came to a close but Sung Jung stuffed it.
The second stanza opened exactly the same as the first, with Sung Jung catching a kick and dumping Poirier onto his ass. Down into full guard for the "Zombie" and back to landing punches and elbows.
As noted by commentator Jon Anik, this was the most impressive Sung Jung has looked in the UFC.
He worked reversals and transitions and before we knew it, Sung Jugn was working for an armbar then a triangle then another armbar then elbows and more armbars and finally, Poirier was on top in side control.
The third round saw Poirier land a few strikes early and gain a bit of confidence that he had to have lost in getting dominated in the second stanza. He pressed forward but Sung Jung was relentless with his offense, going toe-to-toe with "The Diamond."
Suddenly, Sung Jung earned another takedown and immediately got into a crucifix position and started landing shots. Fortunately, they were near the fence and Poirier used it to bounce through and reverse to get back to his feet.
They finished the round strong and Sung Jung was shaking his hand out going to his corner.
The fourth round began just as insane as the previous three and before long, the "Zombie" had rocked Poirier with an uppercut that he followed up with a flying knee. On instinct, Poirier dove in for a takedown but Sung Jung grabbed a D'arce choke and used it to finish the fight.
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