Chan Sung Jung defeated Dustin Poirier by d’Arce choke at UFC on Fuel TV Tuesday and looked absolutely amazing. The Korean Zombie was able to get submissions, flying strikes and a ton of huge shots before ultimately using a flying knee to get the submission. He has now put himself in position to face the winner of Aldo-Koch for the featherweight title.
The Korean Zombie looked incredible last night, completely different than the brawler he has become known as. He was landing crisp strikes, avoiding takedowns and nearly submitted Poirier three times prior to the d’Arce choke.
In his fight against Mark Hominick we thought he got a lucky punch after Hominick threw the only not technical strike he has ever thrown, but now we see he’s improved immensely since the first Leonard Garcia fight.
Obviously Jung will need to improve his cardio, but he has the heart to hang with Aldo. I wouldn’t give him much of a shot to defeat the champ, but then again I wasn’t giving him much of a shot against Poirier either. Jung’s stand up game has gotten a lot crisper, he has learned to avoid the takedowns and even worked some reversals against Poirier.
In a fight against Aldo the key for The Korean Zombie would be to avoid the explosiveness of the champion. He would want to get inside the Brazilian and suck him into a brawl. Maybe Jung would be able to take him down and get a submission.
If this truly was a No. 1 contender fight Chan Sung Jung cemented his status as the No. 1 contender. He put on a hell of a show and came out with a very impressive win. I don’t give The Korean Zombie much of a chance in a title fight, but after Tuesday I’m giving him a lot more of a chance than before.