The five-round lightweight UFC Fight Night 76 had to be called off this week.
On Wednesday, the UFC released a notice stating that Joe Duffy had to be removed from the card due to a mild concussion he sustained earlier in the week.
“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 statement reads. “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.”
The event between Louis Smolka and Paddy Holohan will now have to be promoted as the main slot for the co-event slot. Though this fight shall remain as a three-round affair. Dustin Poirier, the man who was poised to be Duffy’s opponent this weekend, has been put in the slot of another fight, according to the press release.
Stipe Miocic was forced off the cart due to an injury earlier this month. So the Duffy incident is the second blow to the event held in Dublin, Ireland. The policies and procedures of the UFC’s medical team were effective, which is a positive signal this edition provided.
Duffy Vs Poirier was considered as a sensational match-up, and the winner would have gone on to play a mix of contenders at 155 pounds.
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