UFC 143 Results: Dustin Poirier Deserves a Title Shot Now

First LastCorrespondent IFebruary 4, 2012

The UFC 143 preliminary card ended with featherweight contender Dustin Poirier (12-1) dispatching Max Holloway in the very first round via mounted-triangle armbar.

It was his fourth consecutive victory in the UFC, and it may have possibly set him up for a title fight with reigning UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo.

Poirier started his UFC career with a bang when he defeated a fast-rising contender named Josh Grispi, who was previously scheduled on the same card of that fight to take on Aldo. When Aldo pulled out of UFC 125, Poirier stepped in and dominated Grispi to win a unanimous decision.

Three wins followed, and they include impressive performances over Jason Young and Pablo Garza.

Now, Poirier may be next in line to face Aldo, who was last seen knocking out Chad Mendes in the very first round of their UFC 142 bout.

Aldo is currently 3-0 in the UFC and 21-1 in his overall professional career. His holds wins over Mendes, Urijah Faber, Mark Hominick, Kenny Florian, Manvel Gamburyan and Mike Brown. It has made him one of the leading pound-for-pound fighters in the world.

If Poirier doesn't get the shot, it is probably because the winner of the upcoming Hatsu Hioki and Bart Palaszewski bout at UFC 144 will get it.

Poirier may end up taking on Erik Koch (13-1). If that's the case, it could put him right in the title shot for his next fight.

UFC 143 will be available on pay-per-view and feature a main card with Nick Diaz vs. Carlos Condit, Fabricio Werdum vs. Roy Nelson, Scott Jorgensen vs. Renan Barao, Josh Koscheck vs. Mike Pierce and Clifford Starks vs. Ed Herman.