UFC lightweight Joseph Duffy says he could still meet Dustin Poirier in the near future after being forced to pull out of their clash at Fight Night 76 on Saturday due to injury.
Duffy was knocked down in one of his last few training sessions at Montreal’s Tri Star Gym but still travelled to Dublin with the intention of facing off against Poirier.
However, he was pulled from the fight after a medical test in the Republic of Ireland found that he had suffered a concussion.
The Northern Ireland fighter told SunSport that both he and Poirier are interested in rescheduling the bout.
“It’s a fight we’re both definitely still interested in. I feel it’s a great fight for the fans,” Duffy said.
“It’s an exciting fight. I spoke to Dustin myself, and it’s a fight we’re both interested in, so touch wood we’ll get that fight back on.”
The bout makes sense for both fighters, who are both highly regarded and could rocket up the lightweight division rankings with a statement victory.
Poirier was reportedly offered a choice of several potential replacement opponents after Duffy was ruled out, but chose to sit the fight out instead.
He told MMA Junkie Radio that Norman Parke, who went on to record a unanimous decision win over Reza Madadi on the same card, was one of the names mentioned and explained why he declined the offer.
“All it would have been was a paycheck. What if I had I broken my hand? What if I had torn my ACL? It’s more than just, ‘Let me get this paycheck’,” he said.
“Norman Parke, for sure, is an easy fight. He’s going to try to lean on you, and he’s slow. I could go on and on.
“This is the thing. I’m a prize fighter, and the prize wasn’t right. That’s why I didn’t fight.”