After the UFC Dublin main event between Joseph Duffy and Dustin Poirier was cancelled following a concussion to Duffy, news has broken today that the match has been rescheduled for UFC 195 on January 2nd.
Fighting and training out of Tristar gym in Montreal, Canada, Duffy had been a long-time fixture on the local Irish and UK scene (where he had wins over current UFC lightweight Norman Parke and interim UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor in what has now become an infamous meeting) before his transition over to the UFC.
A successfully completed seven bout stint as a boxer dissected his MMA career before a return to the cage in August of 2014 saw Duffy start a streak of four stoppages from four fights and earned himself a huge step up in opponent in Poirier.
Hailing from Lafayette, Louisiana Poirier started out his early career training under former UFC fighter Tim Credeur in his home town before moving to Florida’s American Top Team in more recent times. A relatively successful stint at 145 lbs saw Poirier become one of the most active fighters in the UFC but three losses in seven fights, the last of which came at the hands of Conor McGregor, saw Poirier move back up to what is arguably his more natural weight of 155 lbs. There, he has two first round knockouts over Carlos Ferreira and Yancy Medeiros in the last six months and comes into this fight in fine form.
UFC 195 takes place in Las Vegas’ MGM Grand on January 2nd and will be headlined by the welterweight title clash between Carlos Condit and Robbie Lawler.