Although featherweight Dustin Poirier’s task on May 15 might not be preventing a full-scale zombie apocalypse, the 23-year-old is faced with dispatching of the “Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung.

When the two are locked in the cage for the headlining bout of UFC on Fuel TV 3 from Fairfax, Va., Poirier believes he knows how to put an end to the division’s current outbreak of the “undead.”

“I’m going to go out there and expose him,” a confident Poirier told The MMA Corner. “I’m going to make him look slow. He’s going to pay for getting in there with me.”

The fight with Jung pits two of the hottest fighters in the division against one another. The well-rounded Poirier will enter the Octagon on a five-fight winning streak, including four straight in the UFC. Meanwhile, Jung has scored back-to-back “of the Night” bonuses in his submission win over Leonard Garcia and his seven-second KO of Mark Hominick.

Poirier (top) forces a tap (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

It’s the Hominick victory that led to Poirier and Jung exchanging trash talk on Twitter prior to the fight. The “Zombie” actually claimed that he would do the same thing to the Louisiana native.

“We know that’s not going to happen,” said Poirier, who has never been finished in his 13-fight career. “Saying he is going to knock me out doesn’t really matter to me.”

Despite the public animosity between the two 145-pound contenders, Poirier does have respect for his living-deprived foe. In fact, he feels that the two may be the perfect recipe for Fight of the Night.

“He’s definitely an exciting, worthy opponent,” stated Poirier. “He’s got a great chin, heavy hands, and he likes to fight. He’s trying to finish fights, not go out there and win on points. He’s going to push me and I’m going to push back. We’re going to have an exciting fight.”

Although Jung’s moniker was given for his propensity to behave like the walking dead, he claimed after a brutal knockout loss to George Roop that he would fight more technical. His recent wins show that it may be true; however, Poirier is not fully ready to buy into that.

“I’m going to touch him on his chin and he is going to go back to his instincts,” the featherweight declared. “Even if he does try to come out technical, once we get against the fence and start banging, it’s going to be a dogfight. He’s going to drop his hands and start swinging for the fences. He’s not going to circle out and play it smart. If he wants to get technical, I think my technique will beat him.”

In preparing for the fight with Jung, Poirier has faced an added twist, as the bout is a five-round affair. As such, he must abide by zombie survival rule No. 1—”cardio, cardio, cardio” for those of you who aren’t Zombieland aficionados.

“We made adjustments in my strength and conditioning,” explained Poirier. “I’m a lot lighter and not cutting as much weight. I took all the right steps, sparring more rounds, and I feel great. I have pushed the hardest and my technique is the best it has ever been.”

Poirier (R) prepares to slam his opponent to the ground (Paul Thatcher/Fight! Magazine)

“I’m never going to look at a three-round fight the same. I’d like to be fighting five-round fights the rest of my life because that means I’m at the top.”

If Poirier can defeat the “Zombie” and return the promotion to a state of the living, there’s a strong possibility that he’ll be the next in line for a title shot. Yet, he maintains that he’s in no hurry to get there.

“It’s been an awesome journey so far, but I don’t want to rush it,” said Poirier. “I know I am close. ‘Zombie’ is a big fight. I want to win so badly I can’t even explain it. If I get my hand raised, maybe one more fight; whatever they want to do, I’ll be ready.”

With all eyes on him Tuesday night, Poirier is ready for anything and everything that stands in his path. Even a “Zombie.”

Dustin would like to thank Headrush, Muscle Pharm, MicroTech, and Virtustream. Follow him on Twitter: @DustinPoirier

Top Photo: Dustin Poirier (R) delivers a right hand (James Law/Heavy MMA)

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