UFC 131 Fight Card Primer: Dustin Poirier vs. Jason Young

Dustin Poirier (9-1, 1-0 UFC) will look to build on his big win over Josh Grispi at UFC 125 when he meets debuting British fighter Jason Young (8-3). This featherweight UFC 131 bout will take place on the Facebook/Youtube portion of the undercard, which begins at approximately 5:45 p.m. ET/2:45 p.m. PT.

How do these two stack up?

Poirier: 22 years old | 5'9" | 73" reach
Young: 24 years old | 5'9" | Unknown reach

What have these two done recently?

Poirier: W - Josh Grispi (UD) | W - Zach Micklewright (TKO) | L - Danny Castillo (UD)
Young: W - Jorge Britto (UD) | W - Sergej Grecicho (UD) | L - Paul Sass (SUB)

How did these two get here?

Dustin "The Diamond" Poirier, a Tim Credeur-trained fighter out of Louisiana, won seven straight regional lightweight bouts before getting his shot in the WEC. He dropped a decision to Danny Castillo in his first fight at WEC 50, but rebounded with a 53 second TKO stoppage of Zach Micklewright at WEC 52. That was enough to earn passage to the UFC after the merger. Well, that and deciding to drop to featherweight. He made his UFC and featherweight debut in style by defeating highly-touted prospect Josh Grispi by dominating decision. He was originally scheduled to face Rani Yahya on this card, but Rani withdrew due an injury and Young took his place.

Jason "Shotgun" Young is making his UFC debut here on short notice. Young is on a two-fight winning streak, with his most recent win coming on Ontario's first sanctioned MMA card in April, a decision over Jorge Britto. He is also a former Cage Rage British lightweight champion.

Why should you care?

It's a featherweight fight, and they're almost always great. Enough said.



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