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Siver out of UFC London, Swanson to face Poirier

ESPN staff
January 17, 2013
Dustin Poirier is heading to England © Getty Images

A major change has been made to the February 16 card at Wembley Arena, with Dennis Siver replaced by Dustin Poirier in the co-main event.

Siver had been set for a featherweight dust-up with Cub Swanson in one of the night's biggest fights, but has had to withdraw due to personal reasons.

As a result, the UFC London 2013 card in London will now play host to one of the brightest young talents in the sport, with Poirier stepping up at short notice to face Swanson.

Poirier had been tipped for a title shot against Jose Aldo until he was derailed by the Korean Zombie, suffering his first loss in the UFC.

He has since bounced back with victory over Jonathan Brookins, and within three months he will return to the Octagon in front of an English public.

UFC London 2013 is headlined by the interim bantamweight title fight between Renan Barao and Michael McDonald.

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