Heavy.com is reporting that featherweight fighter Dustin Poirier will be stepping in for UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo against Josh Grispi this New Year’s Day at UFC 125. Aldo was expected to defend his title against Grispi at the event but was forced off of the card due to a long-nagging neck injury.
Poirier fights out of the Gladiators Training Academy in Carencro, Louisiana and holds a record of 8-1. He has competed twice in the WEC, going 1-1 with the loss coming in his WEC debut against Danny Castillo (unanimous decision) and the win coming over Zack Micklewright (TKO) in his last outing. He has earned five of his wins by TKO and three by submission.
Josh “The Fluke” Grispi earned his title shot against Aldo by racking up a ten-fight winning streak with four of those wins coming in the WEC over Mark Hominick, Micah Miller, Jens Pulver and LC Davis, most recently. He holds an overall record of 14-1 with six TKOs, seven submissions and one decision.
A middleweight bout between Chris Leben and Brian Stann has been bumped up to take the Aldo-Grispi bout’s co-main event slot.
UFC 125 is going down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 1st and will feature a main event bout between UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard.