Dustin Poirier, Max Holloway to fight

Updated: January 5, 2012, 10:12 PM ET
By Franklin McNeil | ESPN.com

After injuries forced Dustin Poirier's previous two opponents to withdraw, a third has stepped in to face him at UFC 143 in Las Vegas.

Max Holloway has agreed to fight Poirier in a featherweight bout on the Feb. 4 card at Mandalay Bay Events Center, UFC announced on Thursday.

The fight will be Holloway's first in UFC. It will also be just his fifth bout as a professional mixed martial artist. He is 4-0.

"Holloway is relatively new to the sport but possesses a fierce striking game and has already faced very experienced opposition with his rise into the spotlight," UFC president Dana White said on UFC.com.

Poirier was originally slated to face fellow contender Erik Koch. But Koch suffered an injury while training and withdrew from the fight on Dec. 20.

One day later, Ricardo Lamas agreed to face Poirier. But within a week, Lamas also fell victim to a training camp injury and was forced to withdraw.

Poirier will take an 11-1 professional record and a four-fight win streak into the Octagon against Holloway.

In the main event at UFC 143, former Strikeforce welterweight titleholder Nick Diaz faces former WEC champion Carlos Condit. They will battle for the UFC interim 170-pound belt.

Franklin McNeil covers mixed martial arts and boxing for ESPN.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Franklin_McNeil.

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