When featherweight Dustin Poirier made his UFC debut he fought Josh Grispi, beating the then-contender badly and putting the division on notice. In Poirier’s most recent pairing he entered the evening in a position similar to Grispi’s, finding himself within sniffing distance of a title-shot before he too ultimately suffered a lopsided smackdown come showtime.
Poirier will look to bounce back from the loss on December 15 when he faces TUF 12 winner Jonathan Brookins at the Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale. The card is headlined by a bout between TUF 16 coaches Roy Nelson-Shane Carwin.
UFC officials have confirmed the clash.
The 12-2 “Diamond” is in the process of polishing his game at American Top Team before the bout where he’ll look to start a new winning streak similar to the five-fight run he enjoyed prior to his May stumble. Poirier has finished ten of the opponents he’s beaten.
Brookins is also coming off a loss and is fighting for relevancy to an extent with a 1-2 record since emerging as the last man standing on TUF 12. He holds an overall mark of 13-5 with eleven stoppages to his credit and past wins over Yves Jabouin, Vagner Rocha, and Michael Johnson.
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