As the end of 2011 approaches, the UFC is quickly filling up the early fight cards for 2012. With card are scheduled in Brazil, Las Vegas and Japan to open the New Year the UFC will be racking up the frequent flyer miles.
The yearly super bowl card will take place on February 4th in 2012 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Two exciting featherweights in Erik Koch (13-1) and Dustin Poirier (11-1) have signed on to square off on UFC 143 card which takes place one day before the super bowl.
The 23-year-old Koch defeated is 2-0 in the UFC and is coming off a unanimous decision victory over the Ultimate Fighter season 12 winner Jonathan Brookins at UFC Fight Night 25. The lone loss on the resume on Koch came against the current #1 contender at featherweight, Chad Mendes at WEC 47. Poirier is 3-0 in the UFC and is coming off an impressive outing at Saturday’s UFC on FOX where he submitted Pablo Garza by D’Arce choke in the second round. Without a contender waiting in the wings for the winner of Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes at UFC 142 in January, the two could be fighting for a title shot.
Just 22 days later will be UFC 144 from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. It’ll be the first time the UFC has held an event in Japan since UFC 29 way back in December of 2000.
Japanese fighter Yushin Okami (26-6) will head home to take on “The Barbarian” Tim Boetsch (14-4) in a middleweight bout. Okami is coming off a lost to middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 134. Boetsch is just 5-3 in the UFC but since dropping down to 185 lbs. he has won two in a row. With wins over Kendall Grove and Nick Ring, Boetsch has found a home at middleweight at a win over Okami would vault him up the ladder.