Moving Forward After UFC on FUEL 3

I’m a little late to the party, but I finally made it. After a solid outing on FUEL TV, it’s time to take a look at what could be next for the big winners from UFC on FUEL TV 3.

-Chan Sung Jung blew my mind. I didn’t give “The Korean Zombie” even the slightest chance against Dustin Poirier, and not only did he win, he made “Diamond” look bad. While his skillset is improving, and he truly is a zombie in the cage, a much more grim fate awaits him, as he takes on the winner of Koch/Aldo, aka Jose Aldo.

-Dustin Poirier got his ass kicked, there’s not much else I can say about that. However, a fighter only gets better after suffering a loss like this at such a young age, and I have no doubt that he’ll be back better than ever. I recommend he takes some time off to clear his head, work on his skills, and return when he is ready. Potential opponents include Hatsu Hioki and Ricardo Lamas.

-Amir Sadollah underwhelmed in his bout against Jorge Lopez, but it’s hard to fault him when you look at how his opponent fought. Only nine bouts into his professional career, he’s always learning and improving. Amir should face a slightly stiffer test in his next bout, and I think the winner of Josh Neer vs. Mike Pile would fit that bill.

-While many have called for Cerrone vs Pettis, it appears as if that is not a bout we’ll be seeing any time soon. Cerrone looked much like his old self in that cage, as he absolutely demolished Jeremy Stephens. He needs to face a tough wrestler in his next bout, in my opinion. Give him the winner of Clay Guida vs. Gray Maynard.

-With Renan Barao seeming like the next opponent for Urijah Faber, Ivan Menjivar is left without a fight, and it could very well be time for Yves Jabouin to take that leap into the upper echelon of the division. Menjivar vs. Jabouin would be fun as hell.

-While it was a contoversial decision, Igor Pokrajac took home the W on Tuesday night. With his iron chin and heavy hands, I could easily see the scrappy 205er take on another scrapper in Stanislov Nedkov.

-Tom Lawlor had a happy birthday indeed. After making quick work of Jason MacDonald, and likely following up by getting completely wasted, as is his style, it’s time “Filthy” starts to build his way back up the division ladder. Two suitable opponents are Rony Markes and preliminary card winner Brad Tavares.

Some other notes from the card:

-Cody McKenzie is awesome, but he seriously needs to work on his striking and wrestling.

-T.J. Grant needs a top 15 opponent in the lightweight division. He made Prater look silly, and I feel as if he could continue to do so to others.

-Kamal Shalolorus.

What are your thoughts on the card? Leave your feedback in the comments below.

  • Naro

    Rafael Dos Anjos vs T.J. Grant makes sense

  • sam_snee

    the use of personal pronouns have ever been the moniker of an amateur journalist. Good try though. 

  • dogge88

    Jabouin was indeed very impressive! Sick stand up, to say the least. I’d like to see him vs a stronger bw-fighter, for example Scott Jorgensen (he’s fighting in less than a month).
     

  • Ed Lib

    Well, to me the Korean Zombie would be toe to toe with Poirier, but he’s shown how well rounded he is, such as a striker and also as a BJJ black belt. Brazilian press said he fought like a champion.
    But I think against Aldo it could be a 5 round striking fight only, due to Aldo being so tough to be put to the ground. 
    And man, he’s the way for UFC to take markets still untouched by MMA in Asia.

    Cody Mackenzie indeed is great, but he won’t go any far against powerful strikers at 155. Is he too tall to drop to 145? 

    And Johnny Eduardo finally left in the octagon what he has got. That dude has potential.

  • Ed Lib

    Well, to me the Korean Zombie would be toe to toe with Poirier, but he’s shown how well rounded he is, such as a striker and also as a BJJ black belt. Brazilian press said he fought like a champion.
    But I think against Aldo it could be a 5 round striking fight only, due to Aldo being so tough to be put to the ground. 
    And man, he’s the way for UFC to take markets still untouched by MMA in Asia.

    Cody Mackenzie indeed is great, but he won’t go any far against powerful strikers at 155. Is he too tall to drop to 145? 

    And Johnny Eduardo finally left in the octagon what he has got. That dude has potential.

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