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MMA Crossfire – Late Duffy injury forces Holohan vs Smolka UFC Dublin main event

The injury bug has returned to plague UFC Fight Night 76 in Dublin, Ireland.

Irish star and main venter Joseph Duffy (14-1-0) suffered “a medical issue” according to the UFC and his fight with American Dustin Poirier (18-4-0) has been pulled from the card.

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The UFC released a statement on its website:

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.

Stipe Miocic and Ben Rothwell was the card’s original main event, but Miocic went down with an injury.

The Norman Parke vs Raza Madadi returns to the co-main event slot.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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