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Erik Koch Out of UFC 143 Bout Against Dustin Poirier

Erik KochRising featherweight Erik Koch has suffered an undisclosed injury that has forced him to out of his UFC 143 fight against Dustin Poirier that was scheduled for the February 3 event in Las Vegas.

The UFC announced the injury on Tuesday afternoon and is now searching for a replacement to face Poirier.

Koch (13-1) earned back-to-back UFC wins over Raphael Assuncao and Jonathan Brookins after going 3-1 in the WEC with his only loss coming to top contender Chad Mendes. Poirier (11-1) rebounded from his only career loss to Danny Castillo with a victory in the WEC before earning three-straight UFC wins over Josh Grispi, Jason Young, and Pablo Garza.

UFC 143 is headlined by an interim welterweight title fight between Carlos Condit and Nick Diaz and also includes Josh Koscheck vs. Mike Pierce and Roy Nelson vs. Fabricio Werdum.

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