Source: MMA Fighting
Chan Sung Jung and Dustin Poirier are going to fight each other at UFC on Fuel TV 3 on Tuesday from Fairfax, Virginia. After that fight, both believe, if they are victorious, they are ready for featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo. The Korean Zombie has been on an impressive two fight win streak since joining the UFC beating Leonard Garcia in a fight of the year candidate and knocking out former contender Mark Hominick in just 7 seconds. Aldo took 5 rounds to beat Hominick by unanimous decision. Dustin Poirier has an even more impressive 5 fight win streak including a fight which occurred while he was still in the WEC. Poirier has been relatively quiet while on his tear through the featherweight division. He has stayed humble and decided not to call out Jose Aldo after his win noting that past fighters may have been in a hurry to challenge Aldo when they were not ready. Poirier admits he had to take the time to learn and refine his fight game the last couple of fights but believes that he will be ready for Aldo should he get past the Korean Zombie on Tuesday.
Any fight that includes the Korean Zombie has the makings for a fight of the year candidate. The Zombie always looks to press the action from the start of the fight. But Poirier has already gone on record as saying he is not going to play the Zombie’s game and will stick to his game plan like a professional. Everyone knows though that the Zombie has a way of luring guys into fighting his type of fight. I really can’t wait for this fight. Both of these guys are exciting fighters that can push the pace and finish the fight standing up or on the ground. And while the winner could get a title shot after Koch, there is still the Japanese standout Hatsu Hioki waiting in the wings. Hioki is scheduled to face Ricardo Lamas next month. Its nice to be able to debate who should fight Jose Aldo next but I don’t see anyone being able to defeat him right now unless Frankie Edgar drops a weight class. Koch, Jung, Poirier, and Hioki would be legit contenders, but they won’t beat Aldo. Edgar has the best chance but I would still consider him an underdog. That is how good Aldo is. Aldo could rule featherweight until he retires. The only way I see Aldo losing is if he can’t make featherweight anymore and has to move up to lightweight where he would be fighting bigger guys. For now, lets not look to Aldo just yet and enjoy a possible barn burner Tuesday night.