'Korean Zombie' earns title shot with impressive win over Dustin Poirier (Yahoo! Sports)


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit

Chan Sung Jung, the guy with the best nickname in mixed martial arts, wants to add a moniker alongside his name that might be a bit more prestigious than being known as "The Korean Zombie:" UFC featherweight champion.

And Jung earned a shot at the title on Tuesday with an impressive D'Arce choke submission victory over highly regarded Dustin Poirier at UFC on Fuel 3 at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va.

Jung, who became the first man in MMA history to complete a Twister submission last year, will now fight the winner of the title match between champion Jose Aldo and Erik Koch at UFC 149 in Calgary, Alberta, in July.

He won in typically entertaining fashion, earning a Fight of the Night bonus of $40,000 by rallying after getting fatigued in the third. Jung was also awarded another $40,000 for Submission of the Night and has now won fight night bonuses in his last three bouts and in four of his last five.

That will earn him the championship shot, but it wasn't without anxious moments.

"He had me in trouble there at the beginning of the third round," Jung said of Poirier. "The thought of giving up was in my head, but I kept going and came up with the win."

[Related: Dana White diagnosed with Ménière's disease, will have surgery]

After the bout, he left no mistake about his intentions. Interviewed by UFC broadcaster Jon Anik in the cage, Jung spoke in Korean for most of the interview. But when asked who he wants to fight next, Jung made certain the crowd knew who he wanted.

He spoke in halting English, but the message was clear: Get me the champion.

"I want Jose Aldo," he said, beaming.

Not long after the fight, UFC president Dana White confirmed that Jung would, indeed, get the next crack at the title. He might wind up facing Koch, but he'll definitely get his shot at the title.

Aldo is one of the elite fighters in the world, and would likely be a heavy favorite over Jung were the fight to occur. But given Jung's accomplishments – a seven-second knockout of Mark Hominick, the Twister submission of Leonard Garcia, the Fight of the Night win over Poirier – he can't be counted out.

[Related: Teenage baseball phenom Bryce Harper takes in UFC on Fuel 3]

Jung finished the bout by landing a crunching right uppercut on Poirier followed by a left that sent Poirier back to the cage. He then landed a knee behind that. When Poirier went for Jung's legs, Jung quickly maneuvered for the D'Arce and it was all over.

It capped a brilliant fight and a terrific night of fights. Poirier had been as hot as anyone in the division and had won his last five and put up a great test.

Jung, though, is next to impossible to finish and seems to find a way to win. Poirier was a big favorite, but Jung sloughed that off.

"Actually, every time I am an underdog, it gives me more motivation to do well," Jung told Fuel TV's Ariel Helwani after the bout. "I think this time, I was really able to showcase my abilities."

And for doing that, he's now on the verge of a championship.

Other popular content on Yahoo! Sports:
Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg has bad experience with 'Hot Stuff' ointment
Watch the injured Ricky Rubio nail a trick shot from a chair
Concussion worries lead Andrew Sweat to choose law school over a shot at the NFL

view original article >>

Related News

  • 23 days ago
  • 16 views

Perennial UFC middleweight contender Vitor Belfort feels he's been waiting on the sidelines for too long and is ready for another crack at UFC gold. Following 185-pound champ Chris Weidman's hard-fought win by decision over Lyoto Machida at UFC 175 Saturday night, "The Phenom" was quick to make it known on Twitter that he wants the next shot at "The All-American": Now I want what I deserve, MY TITIE SHOT!!! Don't run away!! No excuses!! Agora eu quero o q eu… http://t.co/wZYj8OBVAT
— Vitor Belfo more

  • a day ago
  • 27 views

UFC Featherweight Dennis Bermudez revealed following his UFC on FOX 12 win over Clay Guida that he believed his 7-fight win streak warranted a title shot against the division's champ.
With the third longest active win streak on the UFC roster, Dennis Bermudez believes it is just a matter of time before he is handed a title shot for his efforts.
The TUF veteran is coming off a fantastic second round submission victory over the durable Clay Guida, which put him at seven consecutive wins since losi more

  • 13 days ago
  • 28 views

ATLANTIC CITY – John Lineker won’t cut in line for a shot at UFC flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson, because the UFC’s promotional machine just switched on for title contender Chris Cariaso. Filed under: News, UFC more

  • 12 days ago
  • 22 views

DUBLIN – The line between future star and overhyped can be thin. Irishman Conor McGregor is straddling that line as he prepares to headline his first UFC show in front of his home fans in Dublin. Filed under: Featured, News, UFC more

  • 9 days ago
  • 63 views

Fresh off his big UFC Dublin win, Conor McGregor scoffs at talk from Dustin Poirier about wanting to face him.
Conor McGregor may or may not be more than a match for any Featherweight in the Octagon, but he's definitely the #1 trash talker in the division. Dustin Poirier just found out what it means to initiate trash talk with the Irish Mouth after he issued a challenge to McGregor following UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Brandao.
Here's what Poirier said to Bloody Elbow alum Duane Finley, "My ne more

  • 9 days ago
  • 140 views

After picking up a win in front of his countrymen, Conor McGregor has no shortage of options for his next fight in the UFC.
That's due in large part to the brash comments McGregor has made on a regular basis since joining the UFC's ranks. One man who wouldn't mind "whipping his a--" is Dustin Poirier. Matt Erickson of MMA Junkie has the response from McGregor, and it's what most people would expect from the Irishman. That would be perfect for me. His teammate Cole Miller, he pulled out. You’re t more

  • 8 days ago
  • 126 views

Rehabbing a broken hand that 'doesn't feel fantastic,' UFC featherweight Cole Miller was forced to watch Saturday's Fight Night event in Dublin from the sidelines. Miller was booked to face Conor McGregor in the headliner before injuring his hand and being replaced by Diego Brandao in June. McGregor TKO'd Brandao just four minutes into the bout, but Miller doesn't sound too impressed.
"I thought he looked pretty solid," Miller told Sherdog Radio Network. "It's pretty easy to look good when every more

  • 2 days ago
  • 0 views

With seven straight victories, back-to-back “Performance of the Night” bonuses and five overall fight-night awards, Dennis Bermudez has said what he needs to say.Filed under: News, UFC more

  • 12 hours ago
  • 1 views

Lewis Gonzalez had a WSOF lightweight title fight in his grasp once before, and he isn’t about to let it slip through the cracks again.Filed under: News, Radio Highlight, WSOF more