The UFC returned to the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va., for its third card on Fuel TV. Headlining the card was a featherweight showdown between rising contenders Dustin Poirier and Chan Sung Jung. The night’s main card aired live on the cable network, while the undercard was streamed via Facebook.

Jung submits Poirier

Although Jose Aldo has an upcoming fight with Erik Koch scheduled for July, the champion now has a new challenger in his rear-view mirror, Chan Sung Jung.

“The Korean Zombie” used a mixture of takedown and creative striking to overwhelm Dustin Poirier in their headlining affair.

Jung took the first two rounds by constantly keeping Poirier guessing and threatening with multiple submissions, including an armbar and triangle.

Poirier rebounded in the third frame, finding his range and putting the momentum in his corner leading into the fourth round.

However, it was Jung that took over in that round. Jung scored with an uppercut, followed by a flying knee. When Poirier shot for a takedown, the Korean slapped on a D’arce choke that forced the referee to waive off the fight.

The spirited battle earned both the “Fight of the Night” and “Submission of the Night” honors.

In his post-fight speech, Jung declared, “I want Aldo.”

Sadollah grinds out win over Lopez

Welterweights Amir Sadollah and Jorge Lopez combined for a slow, methodical fight that left the judges split on the scorecards.

The Ultimate Fighter winner Sadollah scored with the higher volume of strikes throughout the three rounds, but struggled when Lopez initiated a clinch.

Lopez scored multiple takedowns, but did very little damage from the top position. In the end, two of the three judges felt Sadollah had done enough for the win.

Cerrone batters Stephens

Rebounding from a loss to Nate Diaz, lightweight Donald Cerrone put on a striking clinic against Jeremy Stephens en route to a lopsided decision win.

From the opening bell it was clear that Cerrone’s technique and reach were a problem for Stephens. Cerrone scored over and over with leg kicks, slowly Stephens’ attack and forcing him to retreat.

Ironically, the most damage Stephens did all fight came late in the second round when Cerrone scored with a takedown and Stephens opened up two cuts with elbows off his back.

Otherwise, Cerrone picked Stephens apart, forcing his left eye to swell and bleed. All three judges gave the “Cowboy” all three round on their scorecards.

Jabouin dominates Hougland

Bantamweight Yves Jabouin showcased his superior striking attack in a dominant performance against Jeff Hougland.

Jabouin connected with a spinning back kick in the opening stanza that saw Hougland crash to the mat. The bell saved the Washington native from being finished.

Hougland absorbed further damage in the second frame, and even more in the final frame. Jabouin nearly ended the bout with strikes on multiple occasions but Hougland showed heart in surviving to the scorecards.

Pokrajac takes decision from Maldonado

In a fight that was every bit worthy of a “Fight of the Night” award, Igor Pokrajac claimed a decision win over Fabio Maldondao.

Pokrajac scored early with a takedown but his Brazilian foe was able to return to the feet and unloaded on Pokrajac with body shots.

The middle frame saw Maldonado pour it on with his striking, peppering the midsection of the Croatian. However, Pokrajac returned fire with knees from the Thai clinch. Amazingly, neither fighter slowed their output.

In the final frame, it was more of the same. Both fighters continued to attack on the feet and it appeared that Maldonado did enough to take the fight, but the judges disagreed, handing Pokrajac the win.

Lawlor scores KO over MacDonald

Veteran middleweight Tom Lawlor got back in the win column by dispatching of Canadian Jason MacDonald with a vicious knockout.

Lawlor stuffed an early takedown attempt from MacDonald and then backed him against the fence. A left hand connected flush to MacDonald’s jaw and Lawlor smelled blood. A follow up right sent MacDonald face first to the mat less than a minute into the bout.

The finish earned Lawlor a big birthday present, a $40,000 “Knockout of the Night” bonus.

Undercard Summary

Middleweight Brad Tavares battled through an early eye poke from his opponent Dongi Yang and managed to take a decision win. The sloppy affair was marred by numerous, unintentional fouls. In the end, it was Tavares’ strong third round that was the difference.

Former Ultimate Fighter Cody McKenzie rebounded from a two-fight losing streak, spoiling the debut of Marcus LeVesseur. McKenzie was taken down multiple times by LeVesseur, but McKenzie was able to latch onto his patented guillotine to end the fight.

Canadian lightweight T.J. Grant used improved striking and pressure to get the better of Brazilian Carlo Prater. Grant was relentless with his jab and secured several takedowns throughout the fight. He nearly finished Prater in the final round, but settled for a decision win.

Lightweight Rafael Dos Anjos wasted little time finishing off WEC vet Kamal Shalorus. Dos Anjos connected with a left head kick that sent Shalorus crashing to the mat and the Brazilian quickly took Shalorus’ back and applied the rear-naked choke.

Brazilian Johnny Eduardo used an arsenal of leg kicks to slow the attack of veteran Jeff Curran. For the first two rounds, Eduardo landed kick after kick. Only in the final round did Curran come alive, scoring with combos. But it was too little, too late as Eduardo took the decision.

Bantamweight Francisco Rivera made a successful to return to the UFC, dominating Alex Soto for three rounds. Rivera landed repeatedly with his right hand, rocking Soto on multiple occasions. Soto was able to survive, but fell short on the scorecards.

FULL RESULTS

Chan Sung Jung def. Dustin Poirier by submission (D’arce choke). Round 4, 1:07

Amir Sadollah def. Jorge Lopez by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Donald Cerrone def. Jeremy Stephens by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)

Yves Jabouin def. Jeff Hougland by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27)

Igor Pokrajac def. Fabio Maldonado by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)

Tom Lawlor def. Jason MacDonald by KO (punch). Round 1, 0:50

Brad Tavares def. Dongi Yang by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)

Cody McKenzie def. Marcus LeVesseur by submission (guillotine choke). Round 1, 3:05

T.J. Grant def. Carlo Prater by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)

Rafael Dos Anjos def. Kamal Shalorus by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 1:40

Johnny Eduardo def. Jeff Curran by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)

Francisco Rivera def. Alex Soto by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)

Photo: Chan Sung Jung (L) chokes out Dustin Poirier (Tracy Lee/Yahoo! Sports)