Koch will try for his fifth straight win in February. | Photo: Dave
A pivotal featherweight scrap between prospects Dustin
Poirier and Erik Koch will
go down at UFC
143, promotion officials announced Tuesday.
Verbal agreements are in place for the 145-pound showdown, which is
slated to take place Feb. 4 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in
Las Vegas. Airing live on pay-per-view, the card is expected to be
headlined by a welterweight title bout between champion Georges
St. Pierre and challenger Nick Diaz.
Just 23 years old, Koch (Pictured) holds a record of 13-1 and has
won four fights in a row. The World Extreme Cagefighting import has
been perfect in his two-fight UFC stint thus far, recording wins
Assuncao and Jonathan
Brookins in March and September, respectively.
Though the Roufusport product earned a first-round knockout over
Assuncao, his victory over Brookins would not come as quickly. The
game “Ultimate Fighter” winner battled Koch for a full 15 minutes
before losing a hard-fought unanimous decision at UFC Fight
Like his foe, Poirier is also regarded as one of the featherweight
division’s fastest-rising stars.
The 22-year-old has been bested only once as a pro, falling to
Castillo at 155 pounds. Since that defeat, “The Diamond” has
posted four straight wins, three of which have come inside the
Octagon. After battering highly regarded Josh Grispi
in his January UFC debut, Poirier took a competitive unanimous
decision over Jason Young
before submitting Pablo Garza
with a brabo choke last Saturday at UFC on Fox