UFC featherweight Dustin Poirier knows exactly what to expect tomorrow night when he locks horns with Chan Sung Jung inside the Octagon at UFC on Fuel 3. No, the 23-year old doesn’t have some sort of magical crystal ball revealing a detailed account of the action to come, but he does understand what he and “The Korean Zombie” both bring to the cage.
“Fans can expect everything from me on Tuesday night, even the kitchen sink,” said an excited Poirier in a recent interview with FightLine. “It’s going to be a war; it’s going to be an incredible 25 minutes. I’m excited to test myself and I know this will make me a better fighter. We’re going to go in there and rise to the occasion. I’ve been watching video of him every morning, he’s an animal. I love his aggression when he gets hit he wants to hit you back twice. He keeps moving forward. We are the main event for a reason and I plan on showing the UFC they made the right decision placing me in this position.”
After the fight, assuming he wins, Poirier would also be open to facing fellow contender Hatsu Hioki later this year if his 145-pound peer gets by his own challenge in the form of Ricardo Lamas at UFC on FX 4 in June. Both are considered frontrunners to face the winner of Jose Aldo‘s upcoming title-defense against Erik Koch.
“I think it would be perfect timing to be honest with you,” stated Poirier of a possible pairing with Hioki. “The Hioki fight is a month after mine and it would give me the opportunity to take some time to rest up and prepare properly. I want get back in the Gi and have fun training some jiu-jitsu and relax a little bit, not from training, but from the stress of preparing from a fight.”
“A lot goes into training for a fight, it’s not just physical, it’s emotional, and I put all of myself into it. Sometimes it’s nice to take some time and just get better as a fighter,” he continued, adding he wasn’t counting out the possibility of Lamas grinding out a decision.
Fans can catch Poirier-Jung going at it tomorrow evening on Fuel TV with the main broadcast starting up at 8:00 PM EST. Poirier is 12-1 with five straight wins to his credit while Jung holds a career mark of 12-3 including consecutive finishes of Leonard Garcia and Mark Hominick.
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