Ricardo Lamas Steps in to Face Dustin Poirier at UFC 143

Written by Tom Ngo
December 21st, 2011

UFC WEC Ricardo Lamas

Although Dustin Poirier has been very good this year inside the Octagon, Santa did not give the featherweight what he was wishing for.

After discovering Erik Koch was forced out of their UFC 143 scrap with an injury, Poirier requested a showdown against “The Korean Zombie.” Instead, the organization has announced Ricardo Lamas (Pictured) will serve as a substitute on Super Bowl Saturday.

Lamas is perfect through his first two UFC fights since transitioning from the WEC. He steamrolled Matt Grice in his big league debut and followed it up by pocketing ‘Submission of the Night’ honors for putting away Cub Swanson last month at “UFC on FOX.”

Poirer owns an impressive 11-1 record and is unbeaten in his three UFC appearances. “Diamond” scored a submission win over Pablo Garza on the same primetime card.

The Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada hosts the February 4th festivities. A interim welterweight title tilt between Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit is slated to headline the pay-per-view broadcast.

Here is the card’s updated roster:

Rafael Natal vs. Michael Kuiper

Jorge Lopez vs. Amir Sadollah

Alex “Bruce Leeroy” Caceres vs. Edwin Figueroa

Dustin Poirier vs. Ricardo Lamas

Scott Jorgensen vs. Renan Barao

Roy Nelson vs. Fabricio Werdum

Josh Koscheck vs. Mike Pierce

Carlos Condit vs. Nick Diaz (Interim UFC Welterweight Title)

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