UFC 125 Preview: The Prelims

Grispi vs. Poirier

By Jason Probst Dec 30, 2010
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Josh Grispi (above)
Josh Grispi vs. Dustin Poirier

The Matchup: Originally slated to challenge Aldo for the 145-pound crown, Grispi switches gears here, as Poirier fills in for the injured Brazilian superman. It could turn into a break for Grispi, who, at 22, has a major upside and could use some more seasoning before he takes on Aldo.

With slam-bang submissions and improving stand-up, Grispi now faces Poirier, whose confidence is no doubt surging off his 53-second knockout of Zachary Micklewright last month at WEC 52. Grispi reeled off four wins in the WEC, totaling just less than seven minutes of action. He is a very talented, young fighter with serious game.

Poirier has to do something significant early to win this one. If he falls behind quickly, he will find himself in big trouble, because Grispi has a penchant for finishes that come out of nowhere. Look for Poirier to try and do just that, with Grispi settling into a rhythm and picking his spots to discourage his opponent.

The Pick: Grispi’s ground game is exceptionally good, but you would like to see him in a long fight, where he can show his gas tank and how he adapts to adversity and changing tactical situations. I think he will have to do some of that here, as he wears down Poirier en route to a second-round submission.

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