UFC on Fuel 7: Dustin Poirier Replaces Injured Dennis Siver; Faces Cub Swanson

Andrew Saunders@SaundersMMACorrespondent IIJanuary 17, 2013

May 15, 2012; Fairfax, VA, USA; The Korean Zombie (left) moves away from the punch of Dustin Poirier (right) during the Korean zombie vs Poirier event at Patriot Center.  Mandatory Credit: Rafael Suanes-USA TODAY Sports
Rafael Suanes-USA TODAY Sports

The injury bug refuses to slow down. It's most recent victim was an important battle for contendership within the featherweight division. 

MMAJunkie.com revealed on Thursday that Dennis Siver has been forced out of a scheduled bout against Cub Swanson at UFC on Fuel 7. His replacement is none other than Dustin "Diamond" Poirier.

This fight was a hotly-anticipated battle of strikers, as both Siver and Swanson prefer to turn their bouts into slugfests. 

After a loss to Donald Cerrone shut down the momentum of four consecutive wins, Siver dropped down to featherweight, where he currently holds a flawless 2-0 record.  

Although Swanson struggled to maintain any momentum while fighting for the WEC, he now holds a three-fight winning streak inside the Octagon. Each victory in his trio of success came against a notable, as he outstruck George Roop, Ross Pearson and Charles Oliveira.

Poirier is fresh off of a submission victory over Jonathan Brookins in December, which improves his UFC record to 5-1. The sole blemish came in a Fight of the Year winner against Chan Sung Jung last May.

This fight will likely avoid the scorecards, as Swanson and Poirier have only gone to decision a combined five times in 38 professional fights.

UFC on Fuel 7 comes to you live from Wembley Arena in London, England on Saturday, February 16. The event is currently headlined by a UFC interim bantamweight title fight between Renan Barao and Michael McDonald.