UFC 143: Dustin Poirier vs. Erik Koch booked for Feb. 4 in Las Vegas


Super Bowl weekend just got a little more interesting.

That's because rising featherweight prospects Dustin Poirier and Erik Koch have been matched up for a fight that could potentially solidify the next challenger to the 145-pound strap. The bout has been penciled in for UFC 143 on Feb. 4, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The promotion brought word of the pending match-up just last night.

Poirier was last in action just this past weekend, running through fellow contender Pablo Garza with a gorgeous D'arce choke. The 22-year-old Tim Credeur protege is now 4-1 under the Zuffa banner and 11-1 overall.

Time to take the next step.

Erik Koch is a Roufusport product who was last seen inside the Octagon winning a closely contested decision against Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 12 winner Jonathan Brookins.

"New Breed" also sports an impressive record with Zuffa, at 5-1, while boasting a 13-1 record overall.

Considering the fact that both men are rising stars and match up with exciting styles, there's plenty to look forward to when they tussle inside the cage.

UFC 143 will feature Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre putting his title on the line against Stockton bad boy and former Strikeforce king Nick Diaz.

In the co-main event, Carlos Condit will attempt to earn a date with the winner in a bid against Josh Koscheck.

Stay tuned to for more on this still-developing fight card.

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