“UFC on FUEL TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier” took place Tuesday inside Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia.
A critical featherweight affair between Chan Sung “The Korean Zombie” Jung and Dustin Poirier headlined the festivities.
A welterweight shootout with Amir Sadollah and Jorge Lopez served as the co-main event.
Here are the official results and play-by-play from tonight’s action:
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Francisco Rivera Defeated Alex Soto via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: Rivera clobbers him with a big right hand. Soto appears to have recovered, but is still taking some big shots. Soto manages to put Rivera on his back for a brief moment. Soto still looks a little wobbly on his feet. Rivera, 10-9.
2ndRound: Rivera stuffs a telegraphed takedown attempt. Soto takes an accidental kick to the groin and time is called. Game on. Rivera clocks him with another devastating right and Soto motions for more. Rivera now takes a kick to the cup. Game on. Rivera floors him with a head kick, but Soto bounces right back up. Rivera, 10-9.
3rdRound: Soto plants him on his back for a brief moment, though they get to their feet rather quickly. Rivera tags him with a front kick to the face and follows up with a right hand. He smells blood, but Soto is weathering the storm. Rivera, 10-9, and sweeps the cards, 30-27.
Johnny Eduardo Defeated Jeff Curran via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
1stRound: Eduardo has connected on a couple of thunderous leg kicks to start things off. Curran has missed on a few big overhand rights. Eduardo tags his lead leg with some more kicks. The Brazilian scores with a one-two combo. Eduardo, 10-9.
2ndRound: Eduardo is just going to town on his lead leg. Curran is wearing some long shorts and you can see the discoloration in his thigh. Nasty. Curran finally goes for a takedown, but it was easily thwarted. Eduardo, 10-9.
3rdRound: Curran clocks him with a right and his opponent motions that it was an eye poke. Time isn’t called even though Eduardo seems to be wincing. Curran is just wining punches sensing this may be his best opportunity. Curran’s leg is battered, but he is still marching forward. Curran, 10-9, but it’s too little too late. Eduardo, 29-28.
Rafael dos Anjos Defeated Kamal Shalorus via Submission (Naked Choke) at 1:40 in the 1stRound
1stRound: dos Anjos drops him with a head kick and is giving him the business. He’s warned for shots to the back of the head, so dos Anjos simply slaps on a rear-naked choke. Shalorus hung on for as long as he could, but is ultimately forced to tap.
TJ Grant Defeated Carlo Prater via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: Prater has him pressed against the cage, but can’t secured a single-leg takedown. They scramble to the ground and Grant ends up on top. Close round to score. Grant, 10-9.
2ndRound: Not too much action in the middle stanza. Grant nails him with a vicious short elbow while in the clinch. Grant gets him to the mat and is unloading some nice ground-and-pound. He advances to a crucifix and is bringing the pain. Grant, 10-9.
3rdRound: Grant plants him on the canvas once again, but falls into Grant’s guillotine choke on the way down. Grant escapes and moves to side control. He now takes his back and has one hook in. Grant advances to full mount. Now transitions to his back again. Grant attempts an armbar just as the final horn blared. Grant, 10-9, and runs the table, 30-27.
Cody McKenzie Defeated Marcus LeVesseur via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 3:05 in the 1stRound
1stRound: LeVesseur plants him on the canvas within eight seconds, although just for the briefest of moments. McKenzie accidentally up-kicks him in the groin and time is called. Game on. LeVesseur is unleashing some bombs and connects on an uppercut. McKenzie drops to his back. He gets LeVesseur in his full guard and guess what? McKenzie slaps on his patented guillotine choke. Game. Set. Match, McKenzie.
Brad Tavares Defeated Dongi Yang via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
1stRound: Solid action from both middleweights, with each landing their fair share of strikes. Tavares scores on two solid body kicks. Yang takes a finger to the eye and time is called. Game on. Tavares now eats a finger to the eye and time is called. Both fighters have been warned. Scrap resumes. Tough frame to score. Tavares, 10-9.
2ndRound: Doctor examined Tavares’s left eye during the break, but the middleweight claimed to be fine for fear the fight would be stopped. Yang stuns him with a powerful kick to the grill. Tavares seems to be having issues with his vision and Yang is going after him. The Korean landed a brief takedown. Yang, 10-9.
3rdRound: Tavares immediately secures a takedown, but Yangi is making him work to keep it. Tavares slams him to the mat. They get stood up due to inactivity. Yang takes a kick to the groin and time is called. Game on. Tavares lands a kick to the midsection. Bout appears to be up for grabs with a minute to go. Very close. Tavares, 10-9, and perhaps won, 29-28.
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Tom Lawlor Defeated Jason MacDonald via KO (Punches) at :50 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Lawlor tags him with a straight left and a right hook to the dome. MacDonald drops like a sack of potatoes. It’s a wrap. MacDonald was planking on the canvas. Happy Birfday, Tom Lawlor.
Igor Pokrajac Defeated Fabio Maldonado via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
1stRound: Pokrajac has no issues planting his opponent on his back. Not much GnP, but he’s doing just enough to prevent from getting stood up. Maldonado scrambles free. He rocks Pokrajac with a short left hand and is pouring it on. Pokrajac lands a knee to the mug while in the clinch, but Maldonado is still unloading shots to the body. Maldonado, 10-9.
2ndRound: Pokrajac scores with a one-two combo. And then some more power shots to the dome. Maldonado eats another knee to the face, but counters with some violent body shots. Maldonado is unloading several punches. Pokrajac connects on a spinning back-fist. He tries a takedown, though Maldonado reverses and ends up on top. Another close stanza to score. Maldonado, 10-9.
3rdRound: Pokrajac appears gassed, it must be all of the body shots he’s taken. He connects on a jumping knee to the mug while in the clinch. Pokrajac rocks him with a big left hand. And two more rights to boot. Pokrajac clocks him with a straight right. They are both flinging the leather as the horn sounds. Pokrajac, 10-9, but probably lost the fight, 29-28.
Yves Jabouin Defeated Jeff Hougland via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27)
1stRound: Jabouin tags him with a spinning-back kick. Plenty of kicks coming from both featherweights, but not much else. Jabouin lands a push kick. Jabouin unleashes another nasty spinning-back kick and Hougland folds over. That was odd, the ref kind of blocked Jabouin from pouncing as if he was going to stop the fight. He’s laying the lumber now. Jabouin drops an axe kick to the midsection. How did Hougland survive that round? Jabouin, 10-9.
2ndRound: Jabouin kicks him in the midsection. Nothing more than a sparring session in this round, but neither are landing much. Jabouin is still more effective with his kicking game, though. Jabouin, 10-9.
3rdRound: Jabouin drops him with a left hook. He’s standing over him and unloading countless bombs. It is close to getting stopped. Instead of continuing his onslaught, Jabouin takes his back and allows Hougland to wiggle free. Jabouin regains top position. He’s smothering Hougland on the ground. Jabouin, 10-9, and easily takes a 30-27 verdict.
Donald Cerrone Defeated Jeremy Stephens via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: Both fighters feeling each other out in the opening minutes. Cerrone doing a good job of using his reach advantage. Stephens’ left eye is bloodied. Cerrone misses with a flashy flying knee. He doesn’t miss the second one to the mug just before the horn sounds. Cerrone, 10-9.
2ndRound: Cerrone appears very confident with his standup game, as he’s unleashing anything and everything. Cerrone clocks him with an uppercut. Stephens isn’t throwing much, he’s mainly just covering up. Cerrone is just clowning him. Cerrone gets a takedown just for kicks. Cerrone, 10-9.
3rdRound: Stephens’ left eye is jacked up. Stephens takes a kick to the nuts and time is called. Game on. Cerrone is going to town on Stephens’ legs with kicks. Knee to the midsection by “Cowboy.” Cerrone, 10-9, and runs the table, 30-27.
Amir Sadollah Defeated Jorge Lopez via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
1stRound: Lopez has him clinched against the fence. He picks Sadollah up and puts him on his back. Sadollah gets to his feet and now has Lopez pressed against the cage. Nothing to write home about in the opening five minutes. Lopez, 10-9, but it was close.
2ndRound: Lopez once again clinching his opponent against the fence. Sadollah gets free and scores on a one-two combo. While Lopez was grinding for a single-leg takedown, Sadollah attempted a guillotine choke. Lopez managed to escape, it looked pretty tight. Another tough round to score. Lopez, 10-9.
3rdRound: Crowd not too happy with the action inside the Octagon. Lopez working hard for a takedown, but can’t secure it. Sadollah is landing shots in the clinch. Lopez finally plants him on his back. There wasn’t enough action so they get stood up. Sadollah comes out firing, but nothing significant lands. Lopez, 10-9, and takes it, 30-27.
Chan Sung “The Korean Zombie” Jung Defeated Dustin Poirier via Submission (D’arce Choke) at 1:07 in the 4thRound
1stRound: Jung catches a kick and trips him to the mat. Poirier now has him clinched against the cage. Jung trips him to the ground and immediately moves to side mount. Jung dropping some short elbows that cuts Poirier open. Jung a little overzealous with his attack and gets swept. Jung gets to his feet, but Poirier tags him with a couple of shots for his efforts. Jung, 10-9.
2ndRound: Once again, Jung catches a kick and gets his foe to the ground. Jung is very aggressive with his assault. He unloads a huge elbow then lets Poirier back up. Jung connects on a flying knee and is now giving him the business. Poirier attempted a takedown, but Jung reverses and lands in full mount. Great showing by “The Korean Zombie.” Jung attempts an armbar, now tries a triangle. Poirier escapes and ends up on top. Jung slaps on a triangle, but the horn sounds. Great round. Jung, 10-9.
3rdRound: Poirier is much more aggressive to start the third frame. They are exchanging in the pocket. Jung looks like he’s a tad fatigued. Jung gets a takedown and lands in a crucifix. He unleashed several shorts before Poirier managed to get free. Jung connects with a knee to the midsection. Poirier counters with a left hook to the dome. Poirier has landed three straight left hands. The round ends in a flurry by both fighters. Poirier, 10-9.
4thRound: Jung clocks him with a right uppercut and lands a flying knee on his wobbled opponent. He locks on a D’arce choke. As T.I. said, “Goodnight, it’s over with, that’s all she wrote.”