It didn’t take long for UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby to find a replacement to step in and face Dustin Poirier at UFC 143.
Following an injury to Erik Koch, fellow former WEC featherweight Ricardo Lamas has stepped in and will face Poirier on the Super Bowl weekend card. UFC officials announced the switch late Tuesday night.
Ricardo Lamas has gone two for two so far in his UFC career since moving over from the WEC after 2010.
Lamas blasted through Matt Grice in his debut fight, and then earned “Submission of the Night” honors as he put away Cub Swanson at the UFC on Fox show in November.
He will now face one of the best featherweight contenders in the world in Dustin Poirier.
The bout between Lamas and Poirier will take place on the UFC 143 undercard, headlined by the welterweight interim title fight between Carlos Condit and Nick Diaz.