Dustin Poirier deserves a title shot with a victory at UFC on Fuel TV 3, but Chan Sung Jung doesn’t.

As cold as that may seem, it’s reality. In fact, I’m not so sure the UFC would have put this fight together had Poirier not called out Jung.

What followed was a little Twitter beef between the two, where both fighters said the following:

Dustin Poirier? 6 seconds!

— Chan Sung Jung (@KoreanZombieMMA) February 8, 2012

.@KoreanZombieMMA Trust me you don’t want this… I will expose you.

— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) February 8, 2012

Joe Silva and the UFC jumped on this opportunity and put the fight together, and now you have your main event for Tuesday.

Please don’t misinterpret the point I’m trying to make. I love this fight, and it’s pretty much a given that it will deliver its fair share of thrills and excitement. But I don’t understand it from a rankings point of view.

After all, Poirier is the one that’s on a five-fight winning streak with victories against then-No. 1 contender Josh Grispi, Pablo Garza, and one of the most exciting additions to the flyweight division, Max Holloway.

What has Jung done recently? Well, he’s won two fights in a row, but if you look back further, you’ll see that he’s 2-2 in his last four outings with one of those losses coming by way of knockout against George Roop.

To further dissect what he’s done, his six-second knockout victory over Mark Hominick could be labeled as a fluke, and I refuse to take anything away from his beautiful twister victory against Leonard Garcia last year.

But his fight against Hominick ended before we really had the chance to see either guy break a sweat. Hominick was emotional because of the passing of his coach Shawn Tompkins, and he paid the price for his over-aggression.

Though, a victory over a very dangerous opponent like Poirier would be impressive on his resume. Poirier is a guy that has shown discipline in his striking and brilliant jiu-jitsu on the ground.

However, if Jung does happen to pull off the upset, he won’t receive a title shot before Hatsu Hioki. Heck, it’s not even a sure thing that Poirier will get a title shot with a victory because of Hioki’s ranking in the division.

And while Poirier is knocking on the door of a title shot, I don’t expect him to steamroll over Jung. Despite Jung’s knockout loss to Roop in World Extreme Cagefighting, his chin has proven to be granite in his fights with Garcia.

If Poirier get another impressive finish against a very game fighter like Jung, you have to give him the title shot. Hioki has shown glimpses of greatness, but overall, his performances have been relatively underwhelming.

And that’s why the next shot at the featherweight championship all depends on whether Poirier escapes with a victory on Tuesday night. Should he do so, denying him a title shot shouldn’t be an option.

Photo: Dustin Poirier (Sherdog)

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Jake Martin

Jake attends Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La., where he studies Mass Communication in print and public relations. He is also the sports editor of his school newspaper, The Nicholls Worth. Jake works at the Concordia Sentinel in Ferriday, La. during the summer.