Featherweight Contender Bout Added to UFC 143

November 15, 2011
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Erik Koch

The featherweight division may get a new No. 1 contender at UFC 143 on Super Bowl weekend as Dustin Poirier meets Erik Koch.

UFC officials announced the new bout on Tuesday.

Dustin Poirier made his return to action just last weekend where he submitted Pablo Garza with a D’arce choke at UFC on Fox 1 to move to 3-0 in the featherweight division.

The Tim Credeur disciple has been steadily improving and climbing up the featherweight rankings, and now he may get the chance to earn a title shot with his next win.

Hoping to earn a title shot of his own is Duke Roufus trained fighter Erik Koch, who is looking to make it five wins in a row when he returns in February.

Most recently, Koch won a decision over former Ultimate Fighter winner Jonathan Brookins. Prior to that decision, Koch had finished his last three opponents and also managed to pick up a couple of post fight bonuses along the way.

Koch and Poirier meet in a bout that could determine the next contender at featherweight to face the winner of the UFC 142 bout between champion Jose Aldo and challenger Chad Mendes.


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  • Mario

    This is definitely a number one contender fight.

    There’s not that many guys right now at Featherweight who seem important. So that’s why this match makes perfect sense for creating the next contender. Both are on a good roll..

    Should be a good scrap. From what I’ve heard, they don’t like each other… :)

  • josephwoolston

    Just made my day can’t wait for this fight.

  • http://www.bloodyfists.net/forums/index.php SHORT_BUS

    Good match making Mr Silva. Both of those guys are solid fighters and I expect fireworks. Those two have been flying under the radar and haven’t been getting the recognition they deserve, hope their fight is slated for the PPV broadcast.