The Ultimate Fighting Championship is set to return to Dublin on Oct. 24, but it’s not going to be the enormous Conor McGregor homecoming event that many Irish fans had hoped.
He hasn’t yet risen to the heights of countryman McGregor, but Duffy (14-1) is off to a good start in his UFC career, winning both of his fights in the Octagon. Perhaps more importantly for the casual fan, Duffy is one of only two men to hold a victory over McGregor.
But first, he’ll step into the Octagon opposite Poirier (18-4), who had long been one of the top fighters in the UFC featherweight division.
Following a loss to McGregor, Poirier moved back to lightweight. He has since won back-to-back bouts over Carlos Diego Ferreira and Yancy Medeiros, although Medeiros missed weight and it was technically classified as a catchweight bout.
UFC Fight Night 77 marks the promotion’s third trip to Dublin.