Let’s try this again.

On Wednesday night, during an episode of UFC Tonight, the UFC revealed the have rebooked the lightweight contest between Dustin Poirier and Joseph Duffy for UFC 195 in January.

The two were originally scheduled to meet in the main event of UFC Fight Night earlier last weekend before an concussion forced Duffy out of the contest. As a result, Duffy would elect to pull out of the event instead of face a new opponent on short notice.

Duffy (14-1), a native of Donegal, Ireland, is widely known as the last man to defeat current interim UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor when he slapped on a tight armbar just 38 seconds into their Cage Warrios FC 39 matchup back in 2010.

He would go onto rattle off three more victories, pushing his win streak 10 straight to kick off his professional career. He also earned a first round submission over current UFC lightweight Norman Parke. Following his first professional loss, Duffy took a three year hiatus to purse a boxing career before returning in 2014 with back-to-back stoppage wins.

Since making his return to the cage, ‘Irish Joe’ has has earned four straight stoppage victories, including a first round TKO over Jake Lindsney and first round submission over Ivan Jorge in his first two bouts under the UFC banner.

Hiss opponent, Poirier (17-4), a Louisiana native, will be 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. Prior to making the change in weight, ‘The Diamond’ wreaked havoc as a member of the UFC’s featherweight division, picking up eight wins in span of four years, including stoppages over Max Holloway, Diego Brandao and Akira Corasanni. In his last contest at 145-pounds, fans saw Poirier on the receiving end of a violent first round TKO at the hands McGregor at UFC 178 last September.

UFC 195 takes place Jan. 2 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. A welterweight title fight between Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit is expected to serve as the main event.

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