In this new series, we will take a look at the newest additions to the UFC roster, the Bantamweights and Featherweights. The series is used to show the established fighters, ready to fight for the title, down to the new up and comers. For the next few weeks, I will try and post atleast two fighters a day. Leading up to the first title defense in the Featherweight division at UFC 129.
UFC 125 was supposed to mark the first title fight in the Featherweight division, but instead was the UFC’s introduction of Louisiana’s Dustin “ The Diamond” Poirier. After a 1 – 1 showing in the WEC, the last fight being a 53 second TKO of Zack Micklewright, Poirier was called on to fight, #1 contender, Josh Grispi.
Grispi was set to face Jose Aldo on the first card of the year, a once in a lifetime opportunity. Instead, he lost a one sided Unanimous Decision to the 22 year old, Poirier. The Diamond showed crisper, faster standup, which frustrated Grispi. When he couldn’t take the fight to the ground, that all but sealed it for Poirier.
Looking ahead, we will next see Dustin Poirier against Rani Yahya at UFC 131 in June. For Poirier to win that fight, he’ll need to to use his superior striking, and keep this fight as far away from the ground as possible. Even if he wasn’t submitted by Grispi, Yahya has better grappling credentials and will be looking for the ground from the start.
UP AND COMERS
#21 – Alex Caceres
#20 – Raphael Assuncao
#19 – Mackens Semerzier
#18 – Pablo Garza
#17 – Dustin Poirier