Written by @NickRiznerMMA
Better late than never. It may be two months later than initially anticipated, but Duffy vs. Poirier will happen after all. It was announced via UFC Tonight that the lightweight matchup between the dangerous contenders, originally slotted for the main event at UFC Dublin, would now take place as part of UFC 195 on January 2.
Joseph Duffy, 14-1 lightweight contender and the last man to defeat Conor McGregor, was forced to pull out of the main event of UFC Dublin due to a “mild concussion” suffered in training camp. The news broke just days before the event was to take place, limiting the options for replacement fights.
Dustin Poirier, who has strung together back-to-back first round knockouts since losing to McGregor last September, was offered Norman Parke as a last-minute opponent, but Poirier turned it down. The decision led to mass criticism from fans and fighters alike, but given the fact that Parke was coming two losses and the fight was to be downgraded to the co-main event, it’s hard to disagree with his reasoning.
This fight will be a welcomed addition to a UFC 195 card headlined by a welterweight title fight between Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit. The rest of the card can be seen below:
Robbie Lawler (c) vs. Carlos Condit
Stipe Miocic vs. Andrei Arlovski
Neil Magny vs. Stephen Thompson
Erik Koch vs. Drew Dober
Albert Tumenov vs. Lorenz Larkin
Dustin Poirier vs. Joe Duffy