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Jason ‘Shotgun’ Young to Step Up Against Dustin Poirier at UFC 131 in June

(The Shotgun in action. Props: 000BHVids000)

The UFC announced yesterday that featherweight veteran Rani Yahya — who most recently scored an upset decision over Mike Brown at Fight for the Troops 2 — has suffered an injury, and will not be able to face Dustin Poirier at UFC 131 (June 11th, Vancouver). Filling in for him will be Octagon first-timer Jason “Shotgun” Young (8-3), a former Cage Rage lightweight champion based in London, England. Last month, Young competed at Ontario’s first sanctioned MMA event, where he scored a unanimous decision over Jorge Britto. (You can see Jason talk about that match here, if you want to get a sense of the dude’s vibe.)

Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier is riding back-to-back wins over Zach Micklewright and Josh Grispi. He’s poised to become one of 2011 breakout fighters — especially since the documentary about his life, Fightville, was just picked up by Showtime Networks.

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Jonny5- May 5, 2011 at 2:36 pm
I am kindof bummed Yahya is way more credible opponent. Wish they would of got at Kock or Mizuyata instead. Oh well.
omunto- May 4, 2011 at 9:44 am
Haha he seems like a cool guy. I like the part in the interview where he's naming all the ground guys he's beat then says Paul Sass, pauses, then says "But he beat me though", haha good stuff.

On a side note. I'm sure Im behind the times but thank you for introducing me to Michelle Sturino. Never seen her before but yeah.... I like me some Michelle Sturino.
LOKI- May 4, 2011 at 8:40 am
Seriously...homeboy chose the name Dustin 'The Diamond'?
Hasnt he ever heard of Shreech.
Get Off Me- May 4, 2011 at 7:50 am
Jason's gonna need a shotgun to win this fight.