TORONTO - You can add another stunning finish to Chan Sung (Korean Zombie) Jung’s highlight reel.
The exciting featherweight put Dustin Poirier away with a D’arce choke in the main event of UFC on FUEL TV 3 in Fairfax, Va., on Tuesday.
Jung looked sharp early, punishing Poirier with elbows in the first round. He then dazed the Louisiana native with a flying knee in the second. Hurt from the blow, Poirier dove for a desperation double-leg takedown, but Jung rolled with the momentum to take full mount and transitioned to a triangle armbar attempt as the round ended.
Poirier started to take over in the third, finding a home for his straight-left on a noticeably tired Jung. But as the fourth round kicked off, Jung caught Poirier with an uppercut and followed it up with yet another flying knee. Poirier shot in again, but fell victim to the choke.
“He had me in trouble at the beginning of the third round,” Jung said through his translator. “The thought of giving up was in my head, but I kept on going.”
Following the bout, Jung said he wants a shot at featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
Amir Sadollah won a dull split decision over Jorge Lopez.
The bout was a baffling choice for the co-main event slot on paper and turned out even worse in execution.
Much of the fight saw Sadollah defend takedown attempts against the cage. Despite being on the defensive, Sadollah out-struck Lopez in the second and third rounds. After 15 lacklustre minutes, the judges scored it 28-29, 29-28 and 29-28 in favour of Sadollah.
Donald Cerrone put on a striking clinic, battering Jeremy Stephens in a one-sided affair.
Cerrone utilized his reach and range to keep Stephens on the outside. He then mixed up his strikes beautifully, going both high and low with kicks and punches for slick combinations.
The story of the fight was all over Stephens’ face, as his left eye began to swell shut as the bout progressed. After three rounds, the judges all saw it 30-27 for Cerrone.
“It feels good coming off my last loss,” Cerrone said. “I’ve been working on my defence.
“He came and brought it – exactly as he said he would do.”
Cerrone’s six-fight win streak was snapped by Nate Diaz in December. Cerrone admitted he wants another crack at the top lightweight.
“I want to get on that Denver card (on Aug. 11); that’s my hometown,” Cerrone said. “I’d like to fight Diaz again. I know he’s got a title fight coming up. I just want to get in there again.”
Yves Jabouin brutalized Jeff Hougland en route to a dominant unanimous-decision victory.
The Montreal bantamweight came close to finishing the bout on multiple occasions. In the first, he dropped Hougland with a vicious jumping spinning back-kick to the gut. In a bizarre moment, referee Todd McGovern then intervened as if he was going to stop the fight, but instead let the action continue.
“Once that back kick sinks in, not a lot of guys can withstand it,” Jabouin said. “My hat’s off to him.”
Igor Pokrajac won a questionable unanimous decision over Fabio Maldonado in a thrilling clinch-war.
Maldonado worked a high volume of short punches to the head and body, while Pokrajac responded with knees to the face. Though all three rounds were close, Maldonado out-struck the Croatian with his relentless pace.
However, Pokrajac landed more power shots, which swayed the judges, who scored the bout 29-28, 30-27, 29-28.
Happy birthday, Tom Lawlor.
Lawlor, who turned 29 years old Tuesday, scored a stunning two-punch knockout victory over Red Deer, Alta. middleweight Jason MacDonald.
After catching MacDonald with a straight-left, Lawlor put him away with a right hook.
This marks MacDonald’s second loss in a row. The MMA veteran has stated he hopes to retire after one more fight at UFC 149 in Calgary July 21. Though his bout with Lawlor only last 50 seconds, MacDonald will be handed a medical suspension following the loss. Whether or not he will be eligible to compete in two months remains to be seen.
Brad Tavares won a close, if somewhat debatable, unanimous decision over Dongi Yang in the final preliminary bout.
Cody McKenzie snapped a two-fight losing skid by submitting Marcus LeVesseur with his trademark guillotine choke in the first round.
Cole Harbour, N.S. native T.J. Grant earned his second consecutive victory since dropping to lightweight, winning an impressive unanimous decision over Carlo Prater.
Rafael Dos Anjos made quick work of Kamal Shalorus, submitting the Iranian lightweight with a rear-naked choke early in the first round.
Johnny Eduardo fought through an accidental eye poke, holding on to win a unanimous decision over Jeff Curran.
Alex Soto suffered his second straight loss, dropping a unanimous decision to Francisco Rivera in the opening bout.
UFC president Dana White missed UFC on Fuel TV 3 in Fairfax, Va., Tuesday due to scheduled surgery for Meniere’s disease.
White, who hasn’t missed a UFC card in 11 years, goes under the knife Wednesday for the illness. Meniere’s is an inner-ear infection that affects hearing and balance.
“It’s like Vertigo but on steroids! Not fun,” White tweeted.
“I’m hoping to be in and out quick. I have no time for this s--- but it has to be done.”
Chan Sung Jung def. Dustin Poirier via fourth-round submission (D’arce choke)
Amir Sadollah def. Jorge Lopez via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Donald Cerrone def. Jeremy Stephens via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Yves Jabouin def. Jeff Hougland via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27)
Igor Pokrajac def. Fabio Maldonado via unanimous decision (29-28. 30-27, 29-28)
Tom Lawlor def. Jason MacDonald via first-round KO (punches)
Brad Tavares def. Dongi Yang via unanimous decision (29-28. 29-28, 29-28)
Cody McKenzie def. Marcus LeVesseur via first-round submission (guillotine choke)
T.J. Grant def. Carlo Prater via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Rafael Dos Anjos def. Kamal Shalorus via first-round submission (rear-naked choke)
Johnny Eduardo def. Jeff Curran via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Francisco Rivera def. Alex Soto via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)