Undefeated newcomer Max Holloway will step in and face Dustin Poirier at UFC 143 on Super Bowl weekend in Las Vegas.
Sources close to the match-up confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that verbal agreements are in place for the match-up with bout agreements to follow.
Holloway becomes Poirier’s third opponent over just a matter of weeks. Erik Koch was originally slated to face Poirier, and after injury struck it was Ricardo Lamas.
Lamas fell out of the fight due to injury earlier this week, so in steps Max Holloway.
Max Holloway comes to the UFC with an unblemished 4-0 record and at only 20 years of age, already one of the youngest competitors in the Octagon.
In only his third professional fight, Holloway defeated Strikeforce and IFL veteran Harris Sarmiento, and has continued to improve with every fight.
A strong striker with aggressive stand-up, Holloway will definitely have a challenge on his hands when he debuts against top ten featherweight Dustin Poirier, but with great opportunity sometimes comes great success.
Holloway did recently sign on with the management team at Suckerpunch Entertainment, who represent several UFC fighters including Pat Barry and Jeff Curran, and have pulled in past short notice opponents for their Octagon debuts in the past.
The fight between Poirier and Holloway will take place at UFC 143, although its placement on the card has yet to be determined.