A worst case scenario situation has popped up for the UFC, as Joseph Duffy is injured, and out of his UFC Fight Night 76 main event this Saturday against Dustin Poirier.
Apparently Duffy suffered a concussion while training at Tristar gym, and his UFC Fight Pass bout from Dublin's 3 Arena will not happen.
"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," a UFC statement read. "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."
This is just a week after Ben Rothwell vs. Stipe Miocic was forced from the co-main event slot. The new main event is Irishman Paddy Holohan taking on Luis Smolka.
UFC Interim Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor said that he'd step up and face Dustin Poirier in the main event, as did Ross Pearson. However, Poirier rejected a replacement fight with Norman Parke at the urging of his coaches. You can see McGregor's tweet below.
I will give peanut another crack at the King no sweat.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 21, 2015
I'll take the gate. It's my gate anyway. A cool 7. Cash.
See you at the weigh ins.