Two up-and-comers fighting for a chance with Aldo.
On the horn:
"Dustin Poirier is a very well-rounded fighter, and I think his skill level all-around is very even," Jung said. "But . . . he doesn't really stand out in any particular area."
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Dustin Poirier and Jung "The Korean Zombie" Chan-Sung will headline UFC on Fuel TV 3 May 15th, in a title elimination bout with the winner expected to face UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo. Jung Chan-Sung (12-3), the Korean Zombie, is an odd fighter to rank. In 2010, he lost his first fight outside of the Asian promotions to a controversial decision against Leonard Garcia (15-8), where he landed heavy hands in a very non technical fight. Many, including myself, considered Chan Sung robbed of that victory. Chan Sung's lack of movement got him in trouble with George Roop (12-9), who knocked him out with a head kick in the second round. Two fights down, Chan-Sung rose again and redeemed his loss against Garcia with a twister submission. He then, in seven seconds of the first round, knocked out Mark Hominick (20-11), who had just previously gone five rounds with featherweight champion Jose Aldo. Was that knockout a fluke or is the Zombie the real deal? Is his slow, plodding style a weakness or a mind game? We may have these questions answered on UFC on Fuel TV 3, where he takes on Dustin Poirier.
"Dustin Poirier is a very well-rounded fighter, and I think his skill level all-around is very even. But I think that it's his strong point and it's also sort of a weak point because he doesn't really stand out in any particular area. I think that's what's going to be an advantage for me, is that I feel like I have an edge on him in all the different facets of the game," Jung said.
Dustin Poirier (12-1) on the other hand, has a more reliable record, only losing his first WEC fight against Danny Castillo by decision. Since then, he's won five straight fights, most recently submitting Pablo Garza (11-3) and Max Holloway (4-1). With even submission and knockout victories, five each, Poirier has proved that he can win on the feet or on the mat.
ZILLA'S PICK:I'm rooting for Jung Chan-Sung simply because he's a wild card. At times he looks hopeless in the cage, other times he pulls off impressive victories. Though I wouldn't put a great sum of money on him, he has a good chance of winning and showing what he's made of. Still, he's going to need the skills to pull off an impressive victory in order to stand a chance against Aldo. The bout is tonight on FUEL TV.
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Editor: Johnny W.
Editor: Johnny W.