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De Organisatie heeft bekend gemaakt dat Joseph Duffy niet mag vechten tegen Dustin Poirier op het evenement UFC Fight Night 76 in Dublin, Ierland. Met een geannuleerd Co-main event, vervalt nu ook het main event. Patrick Holohan en Louis Smolka nemen de spotlights. Lees hier de reactie van Dustin:
“I’m in my hotel
room, getting ready to work out and I get a phone call; they say, ‘Hey, Joe
Silva wants to talk to you, somebody has a cell phone with him on the line,
I’m assuming they want to talk about Duffy’s weight or something, I didn’t know
what it was. I was thinking he wouldn’t be able to make weight. They
said he recently had a concussion and doctors weren’t clearing him to fight.
Al vanaf 29 juli was Dustin aan het
trainen om te vechten op de Dublin, Ierland kaart. Een evenement wat hem de
volle spotlights zou geven. Het gevecht stond voor 5-rondes op de planning,
iets waar Dustin veel moeite in heeft gestopt.
“It just really sucks – I’ve been preparing the past 10 weeks for this
fight, and everything was going right on track, Duffy’s been in my
crosshairs. They did offer me Norman Parke. They said, ‘Hey, Norman Parke will
fight you.’ I was going back and forth … but they needed a decision right now,
so I sat back with my coaches and talked to my coaches. They said if we can get
the fight rescheduled, let’s just do that. We want the guy we’ve been preparing
Vanaf dat moment kreeg Dustin veel verschillende call outs van vechters als
Conor McGregor, Artem Lobov en Ross Pearson.
“I didn’t know all, but I’ll fight all of those guys – no problem; but
let’s set it on paper, This is a business. I’m a professional athlete.
This isn’t, ‘poke somebody and start a street fight.’ I was contracted to fight
a guy who I prepared for, and it didn’t happen. Now we’re not just going to
scramble and pick a guy and fight. They said it was up to me, and I
talked to my coaches and we made a business decision, really. This isn’t a
Toughman competition; you don’t just fight everybody because they want to
fight. When I step in there, I’m going to be prepared, and I’m going to fight
my ass off and be willing to fight ’til the death. But I’ll be ready for the
person I’m fighting.”

“If I needed the money  that bad,
I would do it. But that means somebody else loses an opponent. A lot goes into
this. … I’m done making foolish decisions and running into fights and fighting
off emotions and this and that. I’m a professional, and I’m going to the top
and I’m going to do it right. I talked to Dana White as well and he said
we might be able to get this fight rescheduled, so I’m hoping for that, maybe
in January in Vegas. Or whenever he’s healthy”
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