The number one contender in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s featherweight division will be determined at “UFC on Fuel TV 3,” when Dustin Poirier takes on “The Korean Zombie,” Chan Sung Jung. The event is set for May 15, at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. Here are my predictions for the entire UFC on Fuel TV 3 fight card:
Chan Sung Jung versus Dustin Poirier
Jung put on an impressive performance in his last appearance inside the Octagon, knocking out Mark Hominick in seven seconds. He’ll be in for another tough test when he faces Poirier at UFC on Fuel TV 3. Poirier has been just as impressive in the UFC, going 4-0 in the promotion. He should matchup nicely with “The Korean Zombie,” and I expect a very competitive fight. However, I do think Jung has a few more upsets left in him, and I expect him to walk away victorious. Jung wins via TKO.
Amir Sadollah versus Jorge Lopez
The winner of the seventh season of the “Ultimate Fighter” reality TV series, Sadollah will try to get back on the winning side of things when he faces Lopez on May 15. Both men are competent strikers, but Sadollah has more experience inside the Octagon. He should be able to dictate the pace of the fight with his striking, and cruise on to the victory. Sadollah wins via decision.
Donald Cerrone versus Jeremy Stephens
After winning his first four fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Cerrone ran into problems against Nate Diaz at UFC 141, losing via unanimous decision. He’ll have a chance to redeem himself at UFC on Fuel TV 3, but he’ll be in for another tough fight. Stephens is no stranger to the Octagon, and I expect him to go toe-to-toe with Cerrone. At the end of the day, Cerrone’s striking is a bit sharper, and that should be the difference maker in the fight. Cerrone wins by decision.
Yves Jabouin versus Jeff Hougland
Jabouin will have a distinct advantage in the striking department, but he might find himself in some trouble if the fight hits the ground. Hougland is a crafty BJJ specialist, with four of his last five victories coming via submission. However, Hougland’s takedowns are nothing special, while Jabouin’s takedown defense is pretty solid. Jabouin should be able to keep the standing, and eventually put Hougland away. Jabouin wins via KO.
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David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.