There is no shortage of ‘must see’ bouts already scheduled for UFC 168 on December 28th, including of course Weidman-Silva II and Rousey-Tate II. Now the promotion has added another. The UFC has announced that the promotion’s #6th ranked featherweight Dustin Poirier will throw down with TUF 14 winner Diego Brandao. That’s a fight that should be heavy on the action.
Poirier (14-3) worked his way to an impressive, unanimous decision win over Erik Koch most recently at UFC 164, after losing by UD to fellow contender Cub Swanson in February. “Diamond’s” only other loss in his last five fights came against Chan Sung Jung in May, 2012, when he was choked out by “The Korean Zombie.” During that run Poirier scored submission wins over Max Holloway and Jonathan Brookins. The 24 yer-old is 7-3 in his last 10 scraps.
Brandao (18-8) has rebounded quite nicely from the UD loss he incurred versus Darren Elkins in May, 2012, as “DB” has won three straight fights. Most recently, at UFC FN 26 last month, Brandao earned a UD win over Daniel Pineda, after the Jackson’s MMA fighter tapped out Pablo Garza with a first round, arm triangle choke at a UFC on FUEL TV card in April. The 26 year-old caught Dennis Bermudez with an opening round, armbar in December, 2011 to win TUF 14.
That’s a great addition to the card, not only because of each fighter’s aggressive style but because it’s a pivotal scrap for both. Poirier needs a win to stay in the title shot mix, while a victory for Brandao could propel him into the top ten rankings.