Erik Koch will try for his fifth straight win in February. | Photo: Dave Mandel

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 over Raphael 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 Night 25.

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 Danny 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 1.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC 193: Who's on the Hot Seat in Melbourne, Australia, This Weekend?

  • 15 days ago

Every fight counts in the UFC. That's a fact that applies to every event. UFC 193, though, is a special occasion for the fighters who are set to do battle for two reasons. The first, you ask? Well, a read news >>

NOS® Energy Drink MMA Rankings, Nov. 3: Big weekend for ranked fighters

  • 21 days ago

Although this past weekend featured a few regional shows, they made no impact in the latest NOS Energy Drink MMA Rankings. That won’t be the case this coming weekend, though.Filed under: Bellator, MM read news >>

Glover Teixeira vs. Patrick Cummins: A Head-to-Toe Breakdown

  • 22 days ago

The UFC returns to your television screens this weekend, and all eyes are on the third matchup between Vitor Belfort and Dan Henderson. Going a bit unnoticed, however, is a top-10 light heavyweight t read news >>

Will Brooks supports Dustin Poirier not fighting at UFC Dublin: I'd do the same thing

  • 26 days ago

Bellator champion Will Brooks is never afraid to speak his mind. And when it comes to Joseph Duffy’s last-minute withdrawal from UFC Fight Night 76 against Brooks’ friend and teammate Dustin Poirier, read news >>

Thursday Morning Fight Update

  • 27 days ago

There are no UFC bouts this weekend, but there is plenty of action on the way, as UFC matchmaker Joe Silva delivered three more fights for December-January events. read news >>

Dustin Poirier vs. Joseph Duffy Rescheduled for UFC 195

  • 27 days ago

Originally scheduled to take place at UFC Fight Night 76, lightweights Dustin Poirier and Joseph Duffy will now meet at UFC 195 on Jan. 2 in Las Vegas. read news >>

Scrapped Dustin Poirier vs. Joseph Duffy fight rebooked for UFC 195 in Las Vegas

  • 27 days ago

A scrapped headliner between lightweights Dustin Poirier and Joseph Duffy will now be a big part of January’s UFC 195 in Las Vegas.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Report: UFC Center? Promotion Vying for Las Vegas Arena Naming Rights

  • 28 days ago

UFC 200 is scheduled for Independence Day weekend in 2016 at a $350 million arena currently under construction. Could it become the UFC Center? read news >>

NOS® Energy Drink MMA Rankings, Oct. 27: Smolka, Carvalho debut in rankings

  • 28 days ago

After a weekend featuring UFC Fight Night 76 and Bellator 144, the NOS Energy Drink MMA Rankings have a couple of new additions.Filed under: Bellator, MMA Rankings, News, UFC, WSOF read news >>

Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2071 with Dustin Poirier, Ian McCall, Jeremy Botter

  • 29 days ago

Stream or download Monday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Dustin Poirier, Ian McCall and Jeremy Botter.Filed under: MMAjunkie Radio, News, Radio, UFC read news >>