It looks like the injury bug has claimed yet another UFC main event.

On Wednesday afternoon, UFC officials revealed Joe Duffy had suffered a concussion in training camp, forcing him out his scheduled UFC Fight Night 76 main event fight against Dustin Poirier this weekend.

As a result, the flyweight fight between hometown favorite Patrick Holohan and Louis Smolka has been promoted to the headlining act.

The UFC’s statement can be read below.

The UFC’s statement can be seen below.

“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.”

Duffy (14-1), A native of Donegal, Ireland, was looking to extend his UFC win streak to three after scoring back-to-back first round stoppage wins over Jake Lindsey and Ivan Jorge.

Hiss opponent, Poirier (17-4), a Louisiana native, was also looking to make it three straight wins as a member of the lightweight division after walking away with a first round knockouts over Carlos Diego Ferriera and Yancy Medeiros.

Duffy would later take to Instagram to express his regret at being forced out of the bout, while apologizing to Poirier.


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