Friday 9 December 2016

Joe Duffy ruled out of UFC Dublin's main event

Published 21/10/2015 | 23:11

Joe Duffy, the last man to beat Conor McGregor, at the 3Arena yesterday for the announcement of his UFC fight in Dublin on October 24 against American Dustin Poirier.
Joe Duffy, the last man to beat Conor McGregor, at the 3Arena yesterday for the announcement of his UFC fight in Dublin on October 24 against American Dustin Poirier.

Joe Duffy is out of Saturday night's UFC Dublin card because of concussion.

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The Irishman was due to take on Dustin Poirier in the main event in the 3Arena on Saturday but the UFC have tonight confirmed he will not take part.

"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," read a statement.

"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.”

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