UFC 131: Rani Yahya Out, Jason Young In Against Dustin Poirier

Tony PrestonCorrespondent IMay 5, 2011

Rani Yahya has withdrawn from his scheduled featherweight fight with Dustin Poirier due to an undisclosed injury. Jason Young has agreed to step up and take Yahya's place, according to a report by MMA Junkie.

Yahya was looking to get back-to-back wins in the UFC after defeating Mike Brown in his last outing. The victory over Brown saw Yahya get back on the winning track after dropping back-to-back fights to Joseph Benavidez and Takeya Mizugaki, both in the WEC.

Poirier is looking to extend his current winning streak to three at the June event in Vancouver.  Poirier suffered his first defeat in his professional career in his WEC debut to Danny Castillo.

He rebounded with wins over Zachary Micklewright in the WEC and Josh Grispi in the UFC after the UFC/WEC merger. This will be Poirier's second fight since dropping down to featherweight.

Jason Young, an English fighter, will be making his UFC debut. Young is also looking to extend his winning streak to three fights.

Young's last loss came to current UFC fighter Paul Sass in a bout that saw Young forced to tap due to a heel hook. The fight took place in the Olympian MMA Championship Organization.

The bout is expected to be part of the UFC Prelims on Spike TV for UFC 131.


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