A lot of times a fighter is forced to rely on one particular skill-set in order to win a fight. However, when it comes down to the abilities offered by UFC on Fuel 3 headliners Dustin Poirier and Chan Sung Jung it’s a different story. Poirier has finished ten of twelve opponents with an even split between submissions/TKOs, while “The Korean Zombie” owes must of his victories to tap-outs but is sharp on his feet and even knocked out Mark Hominick in less than ten seconds this past December.
Because of the threats Jung poses, Poirier knows he will have to follow his gameplan perfectly tomorrow night to come away with his hand raised and is ready to do so rather than get drawn into an all-out brawl.
“The small things, the finesse – who is gonna go out there and fight like a professional fighter and pick their shots. Or stay technical,” said Poirier in an interview with the UFC when asked about what winning would involve. “We can both knock each other out, both submit each other. We’re both very dangerous. From any position we get put in we can finish the fight. I’m sure he knows that and I know that about him, so it’s just gonna come down to who is better prepared.”
“If he gets hit on the chin he goes back to what he is and that’s a fighter,” the 23-year old continued. “And he’s good at it. I have to keep this fight technical, simple and plain, cause it’s gonna get nasty. This match-up is really gonna play into that so I’m excited. When I talk about it I have to smile. It’s awesome!”
Check out Poirier’s full comments as well as Jung’s take on the tilt below:
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MMATraining Take: It’s rare to hear Poirier speak and not be impressed by something he says. This time is no exception. He’s incredibly mature for his age, physically gifted, and seems to have the drive required for legitimate greatness.