UFC on FUEL TV 3 takes place later tonight at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia. The event airs live on FUEL TV and Rogers Sportsnet at 8pm ET/7pm CT. The prelims will precede the main card broadcast at 5:30pm ET on the UFC’s Facebook page.
In the main event, Dustin Poirier takes on “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung in a featherweight bout that could determine an upcoming title challenger.
‘Ultimate Fighter’ winner Amir Sadollah takes on Wanderlei Silva protege Jorge Lopez.
Lightweight scrappers Donald Cerrone and Jeremy Stephens go toe to toe.
Yves Jabouin and Jeff Hougland look to make a splash in the crowded 135 pound division.
Fabio Maldonado and Igor Pokrajac battle in an intriguing bout.
And lastly, “Filthy” Tom Lawlor takes on Jason “The Athlete” MacDonald.
Results and recap after the jump.
- Chan Sung Jung def. Dustin Poirier via Technical Submission (D’Arce Choke) at 1:04 of Round 4
- 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 Knockout (Punches) at 0:50 of Round 1
- Brad Tavares def. Dongi Yang via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Cody McKenzie def. Marcus LeVesseur via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 3:05 of Round 1
- T.J. Grant def. Carlo Prater via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Rafael dos Anjos def. Kamal Shalorus via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:40 of Round 1
- 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)
Chan Sung Jung vs. Dustin Poirier: In the main event of the evening, The Korean Zombie put on a career-defining performance. Not only did he gets Poirier down and cut him open with elbows, he threatened with submissions continuously, and even rocked “Diamond” as he dominated through the second round. With the American crowd chanting “Zombie” going into the third, Poirier was down two rounds to none, and everything was going against him. Poirier started to mount a comeback in the third, and he arguably stole the round with his crisper striking, but that would all be proven irrelevant. In the fourth round, Jung landed a violent uppercut that nearly floored Poirier. “Diamond” shot in for a sloppy takedown, which was stuffed, and soon found himself in a D’Arce choke. Dan Mirgliotta pulled “Zombie” off of an unconscious Poirier at 1:07 of the fourth round. What a fight.
Amir Sadollah vs. Jorge Lopez: TUF winner Amir Sadollah and Wanderlei Silva protege Jorge Lopez were given co-main status, much to the chagrin of many, but they did their best to prove why they deserved the spot. In the first round, Lopez brought the fight to Sadollah, hitting him with great strikes, and taking his opponent to the mat. Looking worn down in the second, Lopez started to fade, and Sadollah used his Muay thai expertise to punish his foe with front kicks, solid jabs, and he even attempted and nearly finished a high elbow guillotine. In the third round, Lopez tried to cruise to a decision, by wrestling and grinding Sadollah into the mat. As the fight ended, the noticeably tired combatants went toe to toe, and a frustrated Sadollah looked for a finish, but it just wasn’t there. The judges turned in scores of 28-29, 29-28, and 29-28 for Amir Sadollah, giving him the hard-earned split decision.
Jeremy Stephens vs. Donald Cerrone: “Cowboy” got back on track in a big way tonight. In the first round, Cerrone and Stephens engaged in a bit of a brawl, and it became clear early that Cerrone was going to get the better of those exchanges. In the second, Cerrone began to completely dominate his opponent with leg kicks, jabs from a distance, and his usual nasty array of strikes. Going into the third, Stephens face was busted up. The bloody scrapper refused to quit though, and did his best, despite the range of Cerrone, to get inside and deliver a fight-ending blow. It was all for naught, however, as Cerrone delivered nasty kicks to the body, threw some solid knees, and dictated the pace of the fight all the way to the final bell. It was a quick and easy job for the judges, as they rendered scores of 30-27 across the board.
Jeff Hougland vs. Yves Jabouin: Maybe the referee hated Jeff Hougland? The story of this fight was the superior striking attacks of Yves Jabouin. After throwing some “spinning shit”, he dropped Hougland with a spinning back kick to the liver, and nearly finished, but the ref seemed content with watching Hougland get pounded on. In the second round, Hougland did considerably better for himself, avoiding taking any serious damage and even holding his own on the feet with Jabouin. In the third however, Hougland was again dropped, found himself on the wrong end of elbows and punches, and spent the majority of the round on his back. Hougland was just outclassed. Jabouin takes the easy decision win with scores of 30-27, 30-26, and 30-27.
Fabio Maldonado vs. Igor Pokrajac: What a damn fight. Fabio Maldonado and Igor Pokrajac deserve all the bonuses they can get for this bout, because they left it ALL in the cage. It was an even fight from start to finish, with the two brawling like a couple of robots. The body shots of Maldonado were very effective in slowing Igor, and as the fight entered the late second and third rounds, both men were very gassed. Gas tanks wouldn’t stop these two from throwing down though, and neither man would be dropped, or even hurt. How these two are still standing is beyond me. The judges had the unenviable task of scoring this bout, and they gave it to Igor Pokrajac with scores of 29-28, 30-27, and 29-28.
Tom Lawlor vs. Jason MacDonald: It seemed as if one man was going to rely on wrestling, while the other would rely on BJJ, but in the end, it was the striking that made the difference. After a short feeling out process, Lawlor landed a hard left on the jaw of “The Athlete”, and followed up with a right behind the ear, knocking MacDonald out at 0:50. Happy Birthday to Tom Lawlor!
Dongi Yang vs. Brad Tavares: This bout had all the potential to be violent, as both men possessed seriously violent power. After a calamitous first round, which featured various eyepokes by both men, it got real. Yang was often the aggressor, beating Tavares to the punch, and wobbling his foe several times. With two rounds in the books, both having gone Yang’s way, Tavares came out like a freight train in the 3rd and spent the first 90 seconds taking Yang down and controlling him. The third round was pretty boring following a stand-up and a kick to the cup of Yang. In the end, the judges gave a ridiculous decision to Brad Tavares, which drew the ire of the crowd, and the media. Yang very clearly won this fight.
Cody McKenzie vs. Marcus LeVesseur: McKenzie is well-known as a one-trick pony, but that’s the only he trick he needed tonight. After being taken down, and weathering an early storm from the powerful wrestler, McKenzie managed to get his left arm around his opponent’s neck and get that dreaded McKenzinetine locked in to force the tap at 3:05 of the first round.
T.J. Grant vs. Carlo Prater: This fight was all T.J. Grant. From start to finish, Grant looked one step ahead. Beating his opponent to the punch, scoring nearly three times as many significant strikes. He also dominated by taking his opponent down, taking his back, and threatening with strikes and submissions throughout the full three rounds. In the end, the dominant performance earned him the unanimous decision with scores of 30-27, 30-27, and 30-27.
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Kamal Shalorus: After a short feeling out process, dos Anjos threw a brutal headkick that floored Shalorus. After failing to put his opponent away with strikes, dos Anjos took the back, got the hooks in, and locked in a rear naked choke to force the tap at 1:40.
Jeff Curran vs. Johnny Eduardo: Johnny Eduardo is a hell of a technical striker. Jeff Curran can take a beating like no other. Though Jeff’s clear cut key to victory was taking his foe to the ground, Curran opted to stand and bang with his opponent. Through two rounds, Eduardo picked Curran apart with brutal leg kicks, but in the third, Curran put it together, and started to let loose and hurt Eduardo. However, it was too late, as after three rounds, the judges scored the bout 29-28 across the board for Johnny Eduardo.
Francisco Rivera vs. Alex Soto: After two straight knockouts in Tachi Palace Fights, “Cisco” wanted a repeat performance is his return to the octagon. The two tough bantamweights went at it for the full 15, and there was not a single minute in this fight where Rivera wasn’t in control. He drew a 10-8 on my scorecards in the first after he nearly finished Soto 45,000 times, and the second and third were much of the same. It was an easy decision for the judges to render, as “Cisco” battered his opponent from open to close. The judges scored it 30-27 across the board for Rivera.