At just 20 years of age, Holloway (4-0) enters the Octagon having won all four of his professional fights, including a victory over Strikeforce veteran Harris Sarmiento. A striker aligned with Suckerpunch Entertainment, "Lil Evil" last competed in July, where he edged Eddie Rincon in a three-round decision.
Meanwhile, Poirier (11-1) makes a quick turnaround after submitting Pablo Garza via D'Arce choke at the UFC on Fox undercard. The 22-year-old now claims an impressive 3-0 UFC record, including decision victories over Josh Grispi and Jason Young.
UFC 143 is slated for Super Bowl weekend, February 4th, at the Mandalay Bay Events Centers in Las Vegas, Nevada. An interim welterweight title bout between Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit is the night's main event.
UFC 143 fight card:
Interim Welterweight Championship: Nick Diaz vs. Carlos Condit
Heavyweight: Roy Nelson vs. Fabricio Werdum
Bantamweight: Scott Jorgensen vs. Renan Barao
Welterweight: Josh Koscheck vs. Mike Pierce
Featherweight: Dustin Poirier vs. Max Holloway
Bantamweight: Alex Caceres vs. Edwin Figueroa
Welterweight: Jorge Lopez vs. Matt Riddle
Middleweight: Ed Herman vs. Clifford Starks
Welterweight: Matt Brown vs. Chris Cope
Welterweight: Justin Edwards vs. Mike Stumpf
Middleweight: Rafael Natal vs. Michael Kuiper