UFC 131: Dustin Poirier vs Rani Yahya possible for June 11 in Vancouver

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A featherweight battle is coming this summer as Dustin Poirier will take on Rani Yahya at UFC 131, which is scheduled for June 4 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

The bout was first reported by Heavy.com earlier today.

Poirier, at the ripe old age of 22, had his coming out party at the expense of Josh Grispi at UFC 125: "Resolution" back on Jan. 1. Filling in for an injured Jose Aldo, "The Diamond" dominated the former featherweight number one contender from bell to bell.

That was the first step towards divisional relevance. The next is a much bigger stage against a suddenly resurgent Brazilian.

Rani Yahya was likely on the cusp of losing his job after dropping consecutive fights against top bantamweight contenders Joseph Benavidez and Takeya Mizugaki just four months apart.

Naturally, the veteran submission specialist decided it best to return to the featherweight division to try his luck in his UFC debut. It wouldn't be easy, as he was originally put up against Chan Sung Jung before an injury forced some re-shuffling.

Enter Mike Brown.

After three impressive rounds from the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, exit Mike Brown. A win like that put his name on the tongue's of UFC fans everywhere. Can he continue to grow his profile against the gritty Poirier?

UFC 131 is rumored for June 11 at the Rogers Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia. The main event will feature a megafight between The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 13 coaches Brock Lesnar and Junior dos Santos.

Kenny Florian is also set to make his 145-pound debut against Diego Nunes.

As always, keep it locked right here at MMAMania.com for any updates to this still-developing fight card.

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