Poirier will lock horns with fellow once-beaten featherweight
prospect Pablo Garza
(Pictured, file photo) in a 145-pound duel at UFC on Fox
1 on Nov. 12, likely in Anaheim, Calif.
UFC on Thursday announced the matchup mere hours after its
landmark deal with the Fox Broadcasting Company was finalized.
Poirier (10-1, 2-0 UFC) will carry a three-fight winning streak
into the bout. A protégé of “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 7
semifinalist Tim Credeur,
the 22-year-old last appeared at UFC
131 in June, when he outpointed British import Jason Young
en route to a unanimous decision at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver,
British Columbia, Canada. The Louisiana-based featherweight has
secured eight of his 10 professional victories by knockout,
technical knockout or submission. Poirier suffered his only career
Team Alpha Male’s Danny
Castillo in August 2010.
Based at the
Academy of Combat Arts in North Dakota, Garza (11-1, 2-0 UFC)
has rattled off consecutive wins since his submission loss to
Zhang under the
WEC banner in September. The 6-foot-1 27-year-old last appeared
129 in April, when he submitted Yves Jabouin
with a flying triangle choke at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.
Spawned by Season 12 of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series,
Garza, nicknamed “The Scarecrow,” made his promotional debut in
December, when he knocked out three-time Mundials champion Fredson
Paixao in 52 seconds with a flying knee.