UFC Fight Night 76 has been hit with the dreaded curse, as main event fighter Joseph Duffy was forced out of Saturday’s fight with Dustin Poirier.
Officials announced on Wednesday that a “medical issue” suffered by Duffy in training has forced his removal. Poirier will be placed on an upcoming event, while Paddy Holohan and Louis Smolka have moved into the headline role.
“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 statement read. “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 later confirmed that a strike to the head in training led to the medical team declaring him not fit to fight.
The entire event streams live on UFC Fight Pass from Dublin, Ireland and the 3Arena. The card also lost a co-main event between heavyweights Ben Rothwell and Stipe Miocic after Miocic suffered an injury.
Below is the current card:
MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass/4 p.m. ET)
Flyweight: Paddy Holohan vs. Louis Smolka
Lightweight: Norman Parke vs. Reza Madadi
Welterweight: Darren Till vs. Nicholas Dalby
Flyweight: Neil Seery vs. Jon Delos Reyes
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/1 p.m. ET)
Lightweight: Steven Ray vs. Mickeal Lebout
Welterweight: Cathal Pendred vs. Tom Breese
Middleweight: Krzysztof Jotko vs. Scott Askham
Female Strawweight: Aisling Daly vs. Ericka Almeida
Featherweight: Darren Elkins vs. Robert Whiteford
Middleweight: Garreth McLellan vs. Bubba Bush