On May 15th, two explosive UFC featherweights will headline UFCs’ card on Fuel Tv in the main event. Dustin Poirier will take on the “Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung. The result of how this bout came about was revealed by UFC officials in early Febuary after the fighters verbally began jabbing one another on twitter. Poirier called out Jung following his victory at UFC 143 over Max Holloway which became Poiriers’ fifth straight victory bringing his record in mma to 12-1 (4-0 UFC). Poirers’ opponent Chan Sung Jung 12-3 (2-0 UFC) returns in this main event coming off his stunning seven second knockout win over past title contender Mark Hominick back in December at UFC 140. This bout has the potential to become one of this years most exciting fights with a win from from either Poirier or Jung can result in putting one of them in title contention taking on the winner of Jose Aldo or Erik Koch for the UFC featherweight championsship.
Dustin Poirier doesn’t just rely on one specialty. He feels that his skills as a mixed martial artist are enough to beat anyone. “I’m a different fighter every night.” Poirier said last week in an interview. ” I’m dangerous anywhere the fight goes.” He strongly stated. Poirier is very confident that where ever the fight goes he will be dominant. Poiriers’ strengths coming into this fight is that of being well rounded with good ground game along with a good stand up game as well.
Chan Sung Jung has very good game in his stand up ability along with submissions as well. He is a very dangerous fighter, and Poirier is aware of this. Jung showed his dangerous submission game defeating Leanard Garcia in an incredible twister submission, and his heavy hand power when he knocked out Mark Hominick. Jungs’ big strength is that he isn’t afraid to go where the fight goes, and is also very dangerous on his back as well.
In order for either of these fighters to walk out of the main event with a victory, they must stick to their game plans. According to most of the mma community, there is alot riding on this fight that can very well determine the future of the featherweight division. Dustin Poriers’ keys to victory is that of pressing the fight to Jung, but must be cautious and watch for Jungs’ heavy hands when standing up if they should get into exchanges. Poirier must utilize his wrestling, but if he ends up in Jungs’ guard, he has to stay busy and at same time watch out for Jungs’ multiple attempts’ to fight off his back.
Chan Sung Jungs’ keys to winning this fight is to work his stand up, and have strong takedown defense especially with an opponent like Poirier. Another big key if Jung wants to be successful is not to be afraid to be in an all out war along with hitting Poirier with clean shots. If Jung should end up using his guard, he will have to try and stay busy using striking and multiple submission attenpts considering his talented skill of being able to fight off his back with a simular style to Anthony Pettis.
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