Following every UFC and Strikeforce event, The MMA Corner will break down the event and suggest fights the promotion should make in the future. This week, our focus is on UFC on Fuel TV 3: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier, which took place on May 15 from the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va.

Chan Sung Jung vs. Jose Aldo/Erik Koch winner

“The Korean Zombie” stole the show Tuesday night as he submitted Dustin Poirier in the fourth round to claim the title of featherweight No. 1 contender.

Poirier was considered to be the favorite to challenge champion Jose Aldo once Erik Koch gets his chance, but Jung has now jumped up to the top and will be the next in line to fight for the belt.

Aldo and Koch won’t fight until July 21 at UFC 149, but even with the long wait, Jung is willing to wait for the champion.

Everyone is on “The Korean Zombie” bandwagon, and it will be a huge draw to get fans to tune in for his fights. With the second fastest knockout in UFC history and a great performance against Poirier, the world knows who Chan Sung Jung is.

While the champion will be a huge favorite against Jung—assuming Aldo defeats Koch—it will be an interesting fight where Jung may give Aldo a challenge.

The bottom line is “The Korean Zombie” became the new face of the featherweight division in a matter of minutes. Look for Jung to be fighting for the belt later this fall.

Amir Sadollah vs. Paulo Thiago

The co-main event at UFC on Fuel TV 3 featured The Ultimate Fighter season seven winner Amir Sadollah taking on Jorge Lopez. Sadollah was able to edge out Lopez by split decision to get back in the win column.

The 31-year-old Sadollah has now come to an interesting point of his career.

While all nine of his fights has come in the UFC, Sadollah has yet to have a statement win over a top-tier fighter. He has faced the likes of Johny Hendricks, Dong Hyun Kim and Duane Ludwig, but fell short in all three of those bouts.

Now becomes the time to determine the future of Sadollah, to either label him a contender or pretender.

Sadollah needs another tough opponent, and it should be Paulo Thiago.

Thiago came into the UFC at about the same time as Sadollah, and they are the same age. As of late, the Brazilian has been on a downturn, losing three of his last four fights. But an opponent like Sadollah would give him an opportunity to get back on track.

One man is looking to prove he’s for real, one wants to bounce back. This will be a key fight for these two welterweights.

Donald Cerrone vs. Edson Barboza

Lightweights Donald Cerrone and Jeremy Stephens went toe-to-toe on Tuesday, with Cerrone picking up the win by decision.

Cerrone last fought Nate Diaz at UFC 141, but fell short in a bout that cost him a title shot. But now with a win over Stephens, Cerrone has some momentum under him.

“Cowboy” is certainly capable of making his way to the top, but will have a bit of work to do to get there.

Cerrone is a Colorado native and has expressed interest in fighting in his hometown. Well, it just so happens the UFC will be traveling to Denver in August to host UFC 150. With the event months away, the timing is perfect to put Cerrone on that card.

But the question is, who should he fight? There are so many options in the stacked lightweight division, but one name makes sense to matchup with “Cowboy.”

His name is Edson Barboza, an undefeated Brazilian who put himself on the map after landing a wheel kick on Terry Etim at UFC 142, knocking his opponent out cold.

Other names that come to mind for Cerrone to fight are Anthony Pettis, Clay Guida and Gray Maynard. Cerrone vs. Pettis is a fight that fans have been dying to see, but Pettis is recovering from injury, and won’t be ready in time to compete in August. Guida and Maynard are scheduled to meet in late June at UFC on FX 4, and it would be logical to match Cerrone up with the winner of that bout. However, the victor may not be ready to step back in the Octagon right away in time to fight in Denver.

This leaves Barboza to get Cerrone, which would be an exciting bout. With the combination of Barboza’s striking and Cerrone’s never-say-die attitude, this has all the makings for a Fight of the Night bonus.

Yves Jabouin vs. Dennis Siver

Two talented featherweights were in action as well, as Yves Jabouin put on one of the best performances of his career against a tough Jeff Hougland to earn a unanimous decision.

Jabouin has now won three in a row and is at the peak of his career. The Canadian-based fighter needs to take an even larger step up in competition, as he is on a mission to make his way to the top.

A great fight for “Tiger” would be Dennis Siver, who recently dropped down to 145 pounds. Siver is a German kickboxer who has a lot of potential at this weight class.

This would be a great fight stylistically, as both love to stand and trade. The winner would take a huge step forward, while the other would have to go back to the drawing board.

Igor Pokrajac vs. Cyrille Diabate

In a fight that would have won Fight of the Night if not for “The Korean Zombie” and Poirier’s main event bout, Igor Pokrajac and Fabio Maldonado put on a show, with Pokrajac doing just enough to earn the win in the judges’ eyes.

Cyrille Diabate should be the next opponent for Pokrajac.

Diabate is a tough veteran and will give Pokrajac another test. Since many believed Pokrajac didn’t win his bout on Tuesday, he’ll have to prove that his three straight wins are no fluke.

As far as the light heavyweight landscape, both need a win to shoot up the ladder. This will be a big fight for both men as they are past the prime of their careers.

Tom Lawlor vs. Karlos Vemola

Middleweights opened the main card on Tuesday, as “Filthy” Tom Lawlor knocked out Jason MacDonald in less than a minute.

This is the best Lawlor has looked inside the Octagon, and with a few more wins he can climb into the hot seat to take on some of the best middleweights in the promotion.

But first, he will need to go through someone like Karlos Vemola. Once a heavyweight and light heavyweight, Vemola has dropped down to 185 pounds, and was a force in his debut as he defeated Mike Massenzio by rear-naked choke.

At only 26 years old, Vemola has a ton of potential at this weight class. Lawlor would give him a test, and in turn, be a handful for “Filthy.”

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

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Corey Adams
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Corey Adams didn't grow up watching mixed martial arts, considering the UFC was just getting started the year he was born, but in his teenage years, witnessed the action and has fallen in love with the sport. Corey was the first to join The MMA Corner staff -- other than founder Josh Davis -- and has been writing for the site ever since. Corey attends Austin Peay State University, where he majors in Communications with a focus on journalism. When he's not covering MMA, Corey is still writing on many sports with both local and campus newspapers. His favorite sports teams are the Atlanta Braves and Denver Broncos. Follow him on Twitter at the link below.