After the UFC Fight Night 76 co-main event between Stipe Miocic and Ben Rothwell was scratched last, the Dublin-based event suffered knockout blow on Wednesday when the Joe Duffy vs. Dustin Poirier headliner was pulled from the bill as well.
UFC officials revealed the bad news on Wednesday afternoon, releasing a full statement on the cancellation on the promotion’s website.
Duffy apparently suffered a mild concussion during training earlier in the week, so he is not allowed to compete on Saturday. With no time left to find a suitable replacement for Poirier, the Paddy Holohan vs. Louis Smolka bout, which last week was elevated to co-main event status, will now serve as a three-round main event.
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“Due to a medical issue involving UFC lightweight Joe Duffy, the new main event of UFC Fight Night in Ireland on Saturday will be a three-round bout featuring hometown hero Paddy Holohan vs. Louis Smolka,” read the UFC’s statement.
“Having learned that Duffy received a strike to the head during training earlier this week, UFC sent him for medical tests in Ireland for precautionary purposes. The results determined that Duffy suffered a mild concussion and due to the proximity of the fight this Saturday UFC will not permit him to compete.
“The health and safety of UFC athletes will continue to be the top priority for the organization. As such, UFC has respected standard athletic commission regulations, which recommend a medical suspension from competition as a result of the concussion.
“Duffy’s original opponent, Dustin Poirier, will be rescheduled for another event. Fans seeking ticket refunds as a result of the main event changes can do so through Ticketmaster at the point of purchase.”