Featherweight contenders battle in main event from Patriot Center
The UFC returns to the Fuel TV cable network on Tuesday for UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier. HeavyMMA will have live round-by-round and fight-by-fight coverage of the main card right here starting at 8 p.m. Eastern.
The main event at UFC on Fuel TV 3 is a featherweight contenders bout between “The Korean Zombie,” Chan Sung Jung, and Dustin Poirier. The co-main event pits welterweights Amir Sadollah, the Season 7 winner of “The Ultimate Fighter,” and Wanderlei Silva student Jorge Lopez against each other. And lightweights Donald Cerrone and Jeremy Stephens clash. The broadcast airs live on Fuel TV at 8 p.m. Eastern and is preceded by a pre-fight show, then followed with a post-fight show.
Jason MacDonald vs. Tom Lawlor
Round 1: Lawlor is 29 years old today. It’ll be interesting to see if he can pick up a birthday win. High kick from MacDonald is blocked. He’ll have a nice height and reach advantage. MacDonald shoots, but it’s stuffed and Lawlor takes the neck for a moment. Good left from Lawlor right on the chin, and MacDonald is stunned. Then a right from Lawlor behind the ear, and MacDonald is flat on his face and out. Quick finish for “Filthy,” and a birthday present indeed. And he very well may get another one at the end of the night with a knockout bonus.
Result: Tom Lawlor def. Jason MacDonald, knockout, 0:50 Round 1
Igor Pokrajac vs. Fabio Maldonado
Round 1: Quick takedown from Pokrajac after Maldonado missed a big left. Pokrajac working out of half guard. Maldonado trying to sweep out of there while Pokrajac works elbows. Maldonado tries to move out, but Pokrajac takes the back for a second, then gets to full mount briefly. But Maldonado manages to get back to half guard. Not a ton of offense from Pokrajac from the dominant position, but he starts to work to pin Maldonado’s left arm. But with two minutes left, Maldonado gets things into a scramble and gets on top, then to his feet. And after letting Pokrajac back up, Maldonado starts absolutely teeing off. He’s landing some perfect big shots inside. Pokrajac survives the onslaught, but after a break, Maldonado lands some more good shots. Pokrajac tries to answer with a knee, but Maldonado starts working head-body. Pokrajac gets a Thai clinch and lands a good knee. But Maldonado lands a couple more punches. Close round, but Pokrajac didn’t do enough with the good position to outweigh Maldonado’s work on the feet. HeavyMMA gives it 10-9 to Maldonado.
Round 2: Good 1-2 from Pokrajac, then another couple big shots in a combo about 45 seconds in. He looks for a single-leg, but Maldonado defends for now. Pokrajac finally has to give up on it. Maldonado looks to get his back off the cage, but Pokrajac gets a Thai plum and looks for another big knee. He lands another couple shots after they break. Maldonado works head-body again with big impact. More body shots from Maldonado. Then a couple big hands to the head from Maldonado. Pokrajac still standing, but he’s eating a lot of punches. Pokrajac finally gets things back to the center of the cage with a minute left and lands a nice knee. Spinning back fist from Pokrajac lands, and he ties things up again. Pokrajac drops for a takedown, but it’s Maldonado who winds up on top and Pokrajac looks wiped out. Heavy gives the round to Maldonado 10-9 once again.
Round 3: The two hug and congratulate each other on two fun rounds so far, and we’re off and running in the third. Maldonado pushes him to the cage. After a little inactivity, they’re separated with three minutes to go, and Pokrajac answers some of Maldonado’s strikes. He pushes forward and lands a big right-left combo. Good left hand from Pokrajac, and it looks like Pokrajac is landing the bigger shots, but Maldonado is landing more punches. Maldonado puts together another combo with 30 seconds left. They trade bombs as the round comes to an end. It’s a great fight. HeavyMMA gives the last round to Pokrajac in another close one, 10-9, but the fight to Maldonado 29-28.
Result: Igor Pokrajac def. Fabio Maldonado, unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Yves Jabouin vs. Jeff Hougland
Round 1: Good leg kick from Jabouin and followed by a nice left. Spinning back kick from Jabouin lands flush to the body and backs Hougland up. Plenty of feints from both guys, not a ton of stuff being thrown. Hougland blocks a high kick. Referee encourages the two fighters to get busy. Jabouin high kick is checked. Hougland gets inside and looks for an uppercut, but not much there. Push kick from Jabouin backs Hougland up again. Inside leg kick from Hougland. Jabouin then lands a fantastic spinning kick to the body and Hougland goes down and is hurt. Jabouin jumps in and lands some big shots to the head, and the ref tells Hougland to defend. Jabouin with big ground and pound and body shots, but Hougland will barely survive the round. It’s an easy 10-9 first round for Jabouin.
Round 2: Hougland shoots for a takedown, but Jabouin quickly gets back to his feet after hitting his knees. Hougland with a push kick. Then an outside leg kick. Good body kick from Jabouin. More body kicks from Jabouin, who is easily winning the battle on the feet. High kick from Hougland misses the mark. Jabouin fakes a spinning back kick. Hougland tries for a double, but it’s not there. Good left hand from Jabouin, and he just misses a body shot follow-up. Another body kick from Jabouin. Hougland with a good body kick. High kick from Jabouin is mostly blocked. It’s another 10-9 round for Jabouin.
Round 3: Big right hand from Jabouin drops Hougland. Jabouin dives in and starts working ground and pound, and the referee warns him for back of the head. Hougland taking a beating, but he survives it somehow. Hougland scrambles out and winds up on top for a moment, but back on the feet, Jabouin gets him back down and starts to work elbows. How Hougland survived Jabouin’s onslaught is anyone’s guess, as it looked like the ref was about to jump in to shut it down. Jabouin working for full mount, but Hougland manages to keep him in full guard. Jabouin tries to work ground and pound as Hougland looks for some kind of way to stay in this thing from his back. The ref warns them at a minute, then stands them up with 45 seconds left. Another body shot from Jabouin sends Hougland right back down. And when he pops up, he lands a gorgeous head kick. Hougland is going to survive the round and the fight. But it’s utter domination by Jabouin. Heavy gives him the last round 10-8 and the fight 30-26.
Result: Yves Jabouin def. Jeff Hougland, unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27)
Donald Cerrone vs. Jeremy Stephens
Round 1: Cerrone pops to the inside and lands, and Stephens counters. Cerrone checks a leg kick from Stephens. Good leg kick from Cerrone. Stephens tries the body, but comes up short. Cerrone backs away from a combo. Cerrone body kick is nearly caught. Stephens just misses a left hook. Cerrone dancing around, then dodges another couple from Stephens. They trade body kicks. Cerrone shoots, but it’s not there. Good right from Stephens. Good combo of kicks and punches from Cerrone. High kick from Cerrone, then an outside leg kick. High kick from Stephens has him slipping and hitting the turf. Flying knee from Cerrone, then an outside leg kick. Flying knee from Cerrone just before the horn. It’s a 10-9 first round for Cerrone on the HeavyMMA card.
Round 2: Cerrone continues with his kickboxing attack and keeps Stephens far enough outside. Good outside leg kick from Cowboy. Spinning elbow from Cerrone, and another just misses. Good combo from Cerrone, and it looks like Stephens might be hurt. Stephens is forced to shoot for a takedown, but Cerrone sprawls out of it. Stephens just misses a left. Then just misses a right after a few more Cerrone kicks. Halfway through, Cerrone just misses a leaping knee. Cerrone has Stephens hurt and Stephens covers up big time. For like five seconds before Cerrone waits him out and lands a few more. Stephens is cut near his left eye. Cerrone with an outside leg kick again. And another buckles Stephens. Stephens gets inside, but Cerrone gets a beautiful trip takedown. Stephens with a nice upkick, but it’s another 10-9 round for Cerrone.
Round 3: Cerrone’s head is cut in two spots thanks to a couple late elbows from Stephens. But Stephens’ face is a mess. Early on in the third, Cerrone lands a pretty good shot to the mommy-daddy parts, and Stephens is going to need some time. He has five minutes if he wants it. He’ll take significantly less than that, though. Once started again, Stephens looks for a knee in the clinch, but Cerrone keeps attacking with kicks. Big left hand from Stephens misses. But Cerrone goes right back to the legs. Good uppercut from Stephens just misses. It’s crazy, but he’s got the power behind those to end this thing. But he’s not landing flush. More good leg kicks from Cerrone. Cerrone then tees off with some combinations. Stephens loses his mouthpiece with 20 seconds left. Flying knee from Stephens misses. Big roundhouse right misses as the round closes. It’s 10-9 again for Cerrone and the fight for him 30-27 on the Heavy card.
Result: Donald Cerrone def. Jeremy Stephens, unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Amir Sadollah vs. Jorge Lopez
Round 1: Sadollah gets a nice cheer from his home state peeps. Lopez comes forward with some good combos. He clinches Sadollah up, and both guys look for knees. Sadollah finally able to shrug Lopez off ,though, and they go back to the middle. High kick from Sadollah is partially blocked. Sadollah kicks, and Lopez catches it and looks for a takedown. Lopez finally is able to pick Sadollah up for a slam, though Sadollah was looking for a guillotine and couldn’t hang on. Half guard for Sadollah, and Lopez looks for a kimura. But Sadollah gets back to his feet. He looks to bring the fight back down, but Lopez defends. Both look for knees in the clinch. They’ll end the round clinched up. HeavyMMA gives the frame to Lopez, 10-9.
Round 2: Good kick from Lopez. They clinch up again and Lopez looks to take the fight to the floor. Not a ton of action, and the crowd lets Lopez know about it. Sadollah with a nice combo and a right hand after they break. Then a front kick to the body from Sadollah. Lopez again looks for the takedown. But Sadollah looks for a guillotine, and it looks like he’s got it. But Lopez is able to sneak out of it by going to the mat and he’s out. Lopez looking to take his back, but Sadollah reverses it. They stay standing, and Sadollah lands another nice front kick. High kick from Sadollah just misses. Body shot from Sadollah is good. Sadollah lands another body kick, but Lopez catches it and lands a nice takedown. Sadollah gets back to his feet just as the round ends. HeavyMMA will go with Sadollah 10-9 in the second.
Round 3: Lopez working for a takedown, spending a lot of time with it. He finally gets it, but Sadollah is right back up. Lopez working for a standing kimura, but Sadollah turns out of it. They break at 3:30. They kick at the same time, and Sadollah lands a good front kick. Lopez looking for a single now, but Sadollah is countering with a neck crank. But Lopez finally gets the fight to the floor and into Sadollah’s guard. Sadollah trying to work his way out. Lopez not doing much on top. Sadollah lands some short shots to stay busy. The crowd lets Lopez and the ref know, and with a minute left Keith Peterson stands them up. Sadollah immediately comes forward, and Lopez immediately looks for a takedown. But Sadollah counters and lands a takedown of his own. Lopez gets up, but that takedown will do wonders with the judges. Sadollah with a knee just before the fight ends. HeavyMMA gives it to Sadollah 10-9 in the last, and 29-28 in the fight.
Result: Amir Sadollah def. Jorge Lopez, split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Chan Sung Jung vs. Dustin Poirier
Round 1: Good left from Poirier early. Jung looks for a takedown after a kick, and he’ll get the fight to the ground briefly. But Poirier is back up and pushes the fight to the cage. Jung looks for a knee. Poirier also looks for knees. Good body shot from Poirier followed by a nice elbow and another knee. Jung brings it to the ground, though, and gets to side mount. Poirier gets back to guard, though, near the fence. He pushes his head away from the cage. Jung with some big elbows from the top, and he cuts Poirier open. Another big elbow from Jung lands. Poirier pushes out and lands some upkicks and sweeps out and gets on top. Jung gets his back to the cage, and Poirier looks to take his back. He can’t do it, and Jung is remaining very patient in getting back to his feet. He gets there, and Poirier tries to put him right back on the ground. Good knee from Poirier, and then a front kick. He goes for a takedown, but Jung sprawls at the end of the round. HeavyMMA gives the round to Jung, 10-9.
Round 2: Inside leg kick from Jung, and a Poirier kick is caught and leads to a takedown. Jung on top again and looking for ground and pound in Poirier’s guard. Big elbows and left hands from Jung on top. Poirier back to his feet at 3:15. Poirier lands a right hook, but Jung lands a flying knee and he keeps throwing knees on Poirier. There’s a scramble, and Poirier looks for a takedown, but Jung beautifully rolls with it and lands in full mount. He looks for elbows. Jung rolls out and goes for an armbar. Poirier tries to get out of trouble, and Jung goes right into a triangle. He throws elbows. Poirier looking to roll out of danger. And miraculously, he does. Poirier gets into side mount, but then Jung gets to full guard. Absolutely fantastic sequence. Jung lands a triangle late in the round – and it’s tight. But Jung is saved by the bell. It’s a 10-9 second round for Jung on our card.
Round 3: Traded exchanges early. Good jabs from Poirier working his range. Poirier continues working jabs. But Jung jumps in and gets the takedown. He lands some good ground-and-pound, but Poirier is back up pretty quickly. Jung lands a nice knee back on the feet. Good right from Poirier. Poirier slowing down, but Jung may be slowing down even more. Both men look tired, and both will go to the fourth round for the first time. Much closer round. HeavyMMA will give it to Poirier 10-9, but it’s close.
Round 4: Good right from Jung. Nice right from Poirier after a Jung knee. Nice uppercut from Jung hurts Poirier, and it’s followed with a left. His back hits the cage. Jung throws a knee. Poirier looks for a takedown to save himself. But he goes right into a D’Arce choke from Jung. It’s tight. Big Dan checks Poirier’s arm, and he’s out. He stops the fight. Fantastic fight, and a fantastic upset win for Chan Sung Jung.
Result: Chan Sung Jung def. Dustin Poirier, submission (D’Arce choke), 1:07 Round 4