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(EXCLUSIVE) Pablo Garza: “Dustin Poirier is a tough guy. It’s going to be exciting.”

After yesterday’s big announcement that the first UFC event on FOX would be on November 12, many wondered when the card would start to come together. Wonder no more. Featherweights Dustin Poirier and Pablo Garza is the first fight scheduled for UFC on FOX.

UFC officials confirmed the fight via the UFC website. spoke with Garza earlier about the upcoming bout. When asked about his opponent, Garza commented, “He’s a tough guy, a really good fighter. It’s going to be exciting. And if I beat him, it’s going to really legitimize my name in the weight class.”

Garza is also excited at the chance to fight on the first ever UFC on FOX event, saying, “It’s huge. I didn’t think I’d be on a better show than UFC 129 but they told me I’d be on FOX and that’s going to be broadcasted to millions.”

Riding a three fight win streak, Poirier looks to continue his ascent up the featherweight ladder. He recently defeated Jason Young at UFC 131, in a back and forth battle that did not disappoint fans. Earlier this year, “The Diamond” dominated Josh Grispi when many considered Grispi to be the #1 contender to Jose Aldo’s featherweight strap. In 11 career bouts, Poirier only as one loss on his record, a decision loss to lightweight Danny Castillo.

In two UFC bouts, Garza has thrilled fight fans with his explosive finishes. At The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale, Garza earned “Knockout of the Night” honors by landing a flying knee on Fredson Paixão. As an encore, Garza captured “Submission of the Night” honors at UFC 129 with a flying triangle choke against Yves Jabouin. 2-0 in his featherweight career, Garza looks to continue to impress even more eyeballs on FOX.

The inaugural UFC on FOX event is scheduled for November 12, and while no venue has been announced, it is expected that Anaheim, California will host the card.


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