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Ricardo Lamas steps in to face Dustin Poirier at UFC 143

It didn’t take the UFC long to fight a willing fighter to step in and compete on Super Bowl Weekend, as Ricardo Lamas has agreed to replace an injured Erik Koch and face Dustin Poirier at UFC 143.

The show takes place February 4 from Las Vegas, Nevada with a main event featuring Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit doing battle for an interim UFC welterweight title. It has yet to be announced if Lamas-Poirier will be part of the pay-per-view card or the preliminary action.

“Lamas is coming off a knockout victory followed by a ‘Submission of the Night’ win in his last two spectacular outings,” wrote Dana White wrote in an official announcement from the UFC. “Poirier is a highly-touted power-punching prospect looking to make his case for a host at the title.”

Lamas (11-2) is a perfect 2-0 inside the Octagon, having defeated Matt Grice via TKO and Cub Swanson via submission. Overall, Lamas has won five of his last six fights, with the lone defeat coming at the hands of Yuri Alcantara in the WEC.

Poirier (11-1) also holds an undefeated UFC record with three wins. The 22-year-old downed Pablo Garza at UFC on FOX 1: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos earlier this year, adding to previous victories over Jason Young and Josh Grispi.


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