Next week top featherweights Dustin Poirier and Chan Sung Jung will clash in headlining at action at UFC on Fuel 3 with a title-shot potentially on the line. While Poirier certainly respects Jung and appreciates his style, he’s not necessarily too concerned about anything “The Korean Zombie” offers as an adversary.
“I think he’s a great opponent. He’s tough. He’s got a great chin. He’s a fighter’s fighter. He goes out there and walks forward, doesn’t back down. He’s fun to watch,” began Poirier in an interview on this week’s episode of UFC Tonight. “And I’m excited about that match-up. I like to fight guys like that. I do well against guys who push the pace and walk forward and fight.”
Though both men have a handful of submissions to their credit, come showtime Jung will likely be more reliant on his grappling than Poirier based on the 23-year old’s powerful, precise stand-up. After all, Jung only has three knockouts on his record and the stoppage he notched in his last outing was his first involving strikes since 2008.
Unfortunately for fans of Jung, Poirier doesn’t envision any difficulties dealing with Jung’s wrestling/submissions either when they mix it up on May 15.
“I really see him having a tough time of getting him down so I think that’s gonna be up to me. I think I might be able to use my wrestling a little bit better than he can to dictate where the fight takes place,” explained Poirier before referring to Jung’s memorable finish of Leonard Garcia last year. “Just because a guy does a Twister, I’m not 100% convinced that he’s a brilliant jiu-jitsu practitioner. I’ll find out when we get in there and start moving around.”
Watch the full interview with Poirier below:
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