It was a long, rocky road to this point, but UFC Fight Night 76 finally has an official main event. Flyweights Paddy Holohan and Louis Smolka stepped on the scale on Friday in Dublin, making weight and making their headlining bout official.
That was after a tumultuous couple of weeks that saw UFC Dublin lose its original co-main event pitting top heavyweights Stipe Miocic and Ben Rothwell against one another due to an undisclosed injury to Miocic. Then, earlier this week, the main event between Dustin Poirier and Joe Duffy was scrapped after Duffy was deemed medically unfit to fight after being diagnosed with a minor concussion suffered in a sparring session.
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So now, what was once one of the main card feature bouts is now the main event. Holohan is a popular Dubliner, who is sure to have the entire country cheering for him, but he faces Louis Smolka, who, save for a minor blip in a split-decision loss to Chris Cariaso, has been burning up the flyweight division.
Neither had trouble making weight, so if there are no unfortunate incidents in the next 24 hours, they will be Saturday’s main event showdown.
UFC Fight Night 76 Weigh-in Results
Main Card (on UFC Fight Pass)
Louis Smolka (125) vs. Paddy Holohan (126)
Reza Madadi (156) vs. Norman Parke (156)
Darren Till (171)vs. Nicholas Dalby (170)
Jon Delos Reyes (125) vs. Neil Seery (125)
Preliminary Card (on UFC Fight Pass)
Mickael Lebout (155) vs. Stevie Ray (155)
Ericka Almeida (115) vs. Aisling Daly (116)
Krzysztof Jotko (185) vs. Scott Askham (184)
Tom Breese (171) vs. Cathal Pendred (169)
Robert Whiteford (145) vs. Darren Elkins (145)
Garreth McLellan (185) vs. Bubba Bush (185)