UFC FN 76 Loses Main Event Bout Between Joe Duffy And Dustin Poirier
By FCF Staff
For the second time this month the UFC has lost a high profile fight just days out from an event, as the promotion has announced that Joseph Duffy has been pulled from Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 76 card.
The Irish lightweight was scheduled to fight Dustin Poirier in the card’s headliner, but according to an announcement from the UFC, a head injury has forced Duffy to withdraw.
The UFC released the following statement on Wednesday:
“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.”
The card’s new main event will feature Patrick Holohan taking on flyweight Louis Smolka.
Earlier this month welterweight Johny Hendricks was forced to pull out of a scheduled bout with Tyron Woodley due to weight cutting issues. His withdrawal took place approximately one day before the October 3rd event.
Initially, UFC FN 76 was also supposed to feature a bout between Ben Rothwell and fellow heavyweight contender, Stipe Miocic. The latter recently withdrew due to injury.
The October 24th, UFC FN 76 will be hosted by Dublin’s 3 Arena.