Originally scheduled for UFC Fight Night 76 in Dublin, Ireland, a lightweight matchup between Dustin Poirier and Joseph Duffy will now take place at UFC 195 on Jan. 2 in Las Vegas. The bout was announced on UFC Tonight.
Poirier and Duffy were supposed to headline the Dublin card, marking the second straight year the UFC packed its bags for the 3Arena (formerly 02 Arena). The bout was canceled last minute after Duffy — arguably the most popular fighter featured on the card — suffered a mild concussion during his final moments of preparation. Refusing to take a last-minute replacement, Poirier was also removed from the card.
Poirier is 2-0 since making his return to lightweight, defeating Carlos Diego Ferreira and Yancy Medeiros via first-round KO and TKO, respectively. He’s 11-3 since joining the UFC, only dropping defeats to Conor McGregor, Cub Swanson and Chan Sung Jung.
Arguably the second most popular and successful fighter coming out of the Emerald Isle, Duffy is also 2-0 since joining the UFC’s lightweight division, stopping both of his opponents in the first round. Widely known as the last man to defeat the seemingly unstoppable McGregor, Duffy is 14-1 as a pro MMA fighter.
Headlined by a welterweight title fight between champion Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit, UFC 195 also features a heavyweight matchup between another fighter originally scheduled for that Dublin card. Third-ranked Stipe Miocic takes on No. 4 Andrei Arlovski in the co-main event.
Also featured on the card is a welterweight matchup between Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson and Neil Magny, as both men look to climb the ranks of the UFC’s best.