As you certainly know, Duffy was supposed to fight lightweight contender Dustin Poirier in the main event of Saturday’s card. But, now that Duffy has withdrawn, the flyweight scrap between Patrick Holohan and Louis Smolka will headline.
The UFC has released the following announcement in response to this development.
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
So, if you were pumped to watch Duffy-Poirier–as you should have been–this is awful news. This card was also supposed to feature a heavyweight scrap between contenders Stipe Miocic and Ben Rothwell. Miocic, however, had to pull out not long ago due to injury.
UFC FN 76 will take place at the 3 Arena in Dublin, Ireland.