As the old saying goes “a picture is worth a thousand words”. The saying applies to this day and without a doubt, applies to mixed martial arts as some of the sports most historic moments are relived through the images that captured them.
There is nothing better than a snapshot of a fighter dealing with tragedy or triumph, or a picture of a perfectly timed strike, every microscopic fragment of impact relived as limbs and jaws collide. A photo can display a range of emotions, happiness and sadness, victory and defeat. Every picture is different, each having a unique distinction and personal story.
That being said, lets look back at the 6 best photos from “UFC on FUEL TV 3: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier”.
6. Francisco Rivera’s Front Kick
In the second round of their bantamweight preliminary fight, Francisco Rivera landed a snapping Anderson Silva-esque front kick directly to the jaw of his opponent, Alex Soto. The impact of the kick was evident the moment it landed but somehow Soto shook it off as if it never even happened. Rivera went on to win the fight via unanimous decision.
5. Yves Jabouin’s Spinning Back Kick
Yves Jabouin threw a spinning back kick to the liver of Jeff Hougland that was reminiscent of the time David Loiseau executed the move on Charles McCarthy. Hougland went crashing to the mat after the kick connected, grimacing in pain but somehow surviving Jabouin’s follow up attack. Hougland showed heart by making it to the final bell in the fight, but the spinning back kick changed the course of the fight and Hougland was never able to come back from it.
4. Chan Sung Jung’s Uppercut
Uppercuts were the key to Chan Sung Jung’s stand up attack against Dustin Poirier as “The Korean Zombie” hit Poirier flush with the technique throughout their main event encounter. In fact, Jung hurt Poirier badly with an uppercut in the fourth round that led to his submission victory.
3. Rafael Dos Anjos’ Rear-Naked Choke
Rafael Dos Anjos had one of the most impressive performances of the night at UFC on FUEL TV 3 when he obliterated Kamal Shalorus with a kick to the head and quickly proceeded to lock in a picture-perfect submission. The choke left Shalorus gasping for air and forced the Iranian to tap out to rear-naked choke for the second consecutive fight.
2. Chan Sung Jung’s D’Arce Choke
“The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung had a star-making performance when he defeated featherweight contender Dustin Poirier with a crushing d’arce choke in the fourth round. Jung’s submission arsenal was on full display throughout the fight as he attacked with arm bars and triangles, however, it was the d’arce choke, a submission Poirier has utilized throughout his career, that earned the Korean the victory.
1. Rafael Dos Anjos’ Head Kick
People will look at the result of Rafael dos Anjos’ victory over Kamal Shalorus and see that the Brazilian won the fight by rear-naked choke, however it was the crisp striking of dos Anjos that earned him the submission victory. Dos Anjos had Shalorus lost on the feet before landing a kick straight to the face that sent Shalorus crippling to the mat. Shalorus’ durability somehow kept him conscious, but it wasn’t enough as he was forced to tap out seconds later.