The lightweight bout between Dustin Poirier and Joseph Duffy, initially slated as the headliner for last weekend’s UFC Fight Night 76 event in Dublin, Ireland, will now take place in Las Vegas on Jan. 2 at UFC 195.
The rescheduling of the bout was announced on Wednesday’s UFC Tonight program on Fox Sports 1.
Duffy was pulled from the event due to a mild concussion suffered just a week out from the card, and Poirier turned down a proposed replacement bout with Norman Parke in hopes that this fight would be rescheduled. That wound up being the case, and the two will now meet just a couple months later, potentially on the pay-per-view main card.
Penick’s Analysis: Poirier made the right call in turning down the idea of a replacement fight. He had no obligation to fight with Duffy out, and Parke was not an opponent that made any sense for him. This fight with Duffy has worked since it was booked, and it’s going to be great for the UFC 195 card as well. It’s just a great fight from a matchup perspective, and though it’s been delayed for a bit, it’ll be a really good fight on Jan. 2.