(5/15/2012)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Chan Sung Jung - 94.1
2. Rafael dos Anjos - 93.4
3. Cody McKenzie - 92.7
4. Donald Cerrone - 92.5
5. Francisco Rivera - 92.5
6. T.J. Grant - 92.2
7. Yves Jabouin - 92.2
8. Igor Pokrajac - 91.2
9. Fabio Maldonado - 90.9
10. Dustin Poirier - 90.8
UFC on Fuel TV 3: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Elevation: 312'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Chan Sung Jung vs. Dustin Poirier
94.0
Fighters & Matches 90.1
Top 10 Fighters 92.3
TOTAL 91.2
89.6
Decision
15:00
     This was a pretty good undercard fight. Francisco Rivera has excellent striking, and he basically just chased Soto for the entire 3 round fight, sort of like The Terminator, just swinging big punches, throwing big kicks, and always staying aggressive. Soto was a little too set on trying to secure a takedown, which he only got once I think, after catching a kick from Rivera, but Rivera was able to get up immediately. So yeah, Francisco Rivera looked good, and won all 3 rounds.
88.0
Decision
15:00
      I've always been a fan of Jeff Curran's ground game, so it sucks that he wasn't able to take Eduardo down at all, because his Jiu-Jitsu was completely wasted on this fight. Eduardo had a lot of great leg kicks in this fight, and controlled most of the fight while on the feet, so I gave the first two rounds to Eduardo. There was a possible eye poke in the third round that Eduardo was complaining about, but the referee didn't see it, so they continued to fight, and Curran was able to pull off the points in the third round against the squinting Eduardo. Eduardo wins 29-28 though in the end.
90.7
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
1:40
      Yeah! That's what I like to see! Rafael dos Anjos launched a HUGE head kick, smacking Shalorus directly in the right eye, and then Anjos followed him to the ground, beat the shit out of him, got on his back, locked on a rear-naked choke, and that's all she wrote. Great fight for Rafael dos Anjos!
90.9
Decision
15:00
      This fight started out kind of slow, and Grant won all 3 rounds, but it didn't REALLY get good, until the last half of the fight, where Grant started to show off some of his grappling skills, against the BJJ black belt, Carlo Prater. The best part is, after dominating Prater on the ground in the third round, Grant almost locked on an armbar with 10 seconds left, and Prater was saved by the bell. Grant looked really solid here.
90.5
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
3:05
      I'll probably cheer for Cody McKenzie against just about anybody. NOT that I'm confident he'll always win, but man, he seems like a good dude. Anyway, I was worried when LeVesseur slammed McKenzie early on in the fight, and once they stood back up, LeVesseur seemed to rock McKenzie a little bit with an uppercut as well. Once they hit the ground for a second time though (with LeVesseur on top), McKenzie went for his trademark guillotine choke, locked that on, and it looked like he was going to pop LeVesseur's head off. Great win by Cody McKenzie!
87.5
Decision
15:00
      This fight was marred by eye pokes (going both ways), groin shots, one fighter not being able to understand ANY English, so everything the ref said, went right over his head, etc... In the end, I gave the first & third rounds to Tavares, and the second round to Yang, and the judges agreed, so Tavares wins via decision.
87.1
KO
(Punches)
0:50
      This fight was ridiculous (in a "stupid" kind of way). MacDonald stood on the outside and tried to strike, but it didn't get him anywhere, so he tried to take Lawlor to the ground, but that didn't go anywhere, so Lawlor punched him in the face which rocked him, and then he punched him behind the ear, and MacDonald fell to the floor like a drunk tired cow. Dumb fight.
91.4
Decision
15:00
      This fight was badass, and I gave it to Fabio Maldonado, but it was SUPER close, so it really could have gone either way. I sort of forgot about the fact that the first round, Pokrajac dominated Maldonado on the ground, because by the end of the first round, Maldonado was punching the shit out of Pokrajac's face. The second round was close, both guys scrapping like two rabid dogs. The third round was more of the same. Maldonado is a badass boxer, Pokrajac is a badass muay thai guy. In the end, Pokrajac earned the judges decision. Great fight overall between two guys I've never heard of!
90.8
Decision
15:00
      Yves Jabouin is a 135 pound beast! Jeff Hougland was like a zombie that wouldn't stop coming at Jabouin, but Jabouin was throwing CRAZY body shots, spin kicks, elbows, hammerfists on the ground, Jabouin has some of the best striking in the 135 pound division from what I can tell. Hougland is good, but Jabouin is clearly better, as he won all three rounds, earning himself a unanimous decision victory.
92.8
Decision
15:00
      This was a badass fight! The first round started out pretty close, so I wasn't really sure what to expect, but all of the sudden, Donald Cerrone started hopping around the octagon, and then spent the next 12 minutes or so kicking the shit out of Jeremy Stephens, great boxing, AMAZING kicks, cool elbows, great footwork, Donald Cerrone is a badass. The judges gave him the unanimous decision victory, which was an obvious choice after the 3 round beating that Stephens received.
87.7
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Meh, this was one of the few fights that I actually cared about on this card, because I like Amir Sadollah, but it was also probably the worst fight. He still won, but via split-decision, it was kind of a boring fight. I honestly thought they'd give it to Lopez, but I gave the fight to Sadollah based on the fact I'm somewhat biased I guess. Maybe the judges are too? The crowd seemed a little upset when they gave it to Sadollah, I'm happy though, it was just a lame fight.
94.0
Technical Submission
(Brabo Choke)
16:07
      This fight was insane. The Korean Zombie, Chan Sung Jung, is one of my favorite fighters I think. He really goes all out in these fights, and he comes from so many unexpected angles, that he can really take you out no matter where the fight goes. On the feet, he was throwing CRAZY flying knees, wild punches & elbows, and all sorts of interesting spinning maneuvers. Poirier held his own on the feet for the most part, and also showed a decent amount of ground skills. In the end though, both guys seemed pretty gassed going into the fourth round, but The Zombie was able to pull out a BRILLIANT Brabo Choke to take out Poirier at about 1:07 of the fourth round. Awesome fight by both fighters, and Chan Sung Jung has earned himself a title shot.
OVERALL 91.2
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