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UFC Fight Night 76: Joe Duffy out with mild concussion, Holohan-Smolka promoted to main event

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The UFC’s 3rd visit to rowdy Dublin has been hit by the injury bug once again. It was announced earlier today that the lightweight main event between Joseph Duffy and Dustin Poirier has been canceled. Duffy, who suffered a mild concussion in training in Montreal earlier this week, will not be able to compete Saturday and Poirier has decided not to entertain taking on a new opponent on short notice. Here’s the official statement on the matter via UFC.com:

“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.

“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.”

Last Tuesday, the heavyweight co-main event between Ben Rothwell and Stipe Miocic was yanked from the card due to an injury suffered by Miocic. It was announced earlier today that Miocic will now take on Andrei Arlovski in the co-main event of UFC 195 on January 2nd in Las Vegas.

In a wild turn of events, flyweights Paddy Holohan and Louis Smolka now find themselves headlining UFC Fight Night card. This marks the first time that flyweights will headline a UFC card without a title on the line.

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