The UFC has finalized the lineup for the upcoming UFC Fight 76 which is set to go down on October 24, 2015 live on UFC Fight Pass from Dublin, Ireland. Although Dublin’s golden boy Conor McGregor won’t be headlining the event, it’s still gearing up to be a solid night of fights for the fans.
In the main event, former featherweight contender and rising lightweight Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier will take on another hometown native in “Irish” Joe Duffy.
Poirier was considered to be one of the best 145-pounders in the world until his hype train was derailed by none other than McGregor himself at last September’s UFC 178 where “The Diamond” suffered a first-round knockout loss.
Since then, however, Poirier has compiled two-straight stoppage victories at lightweight over the likes of Carlos Diego Ferreira, and Yancy Medeiros.
Duffy on the other hand, is fairly new to the UFC, but is most known for being the last man to beat McGregor. “Irish” Joe is now 2-0 in the Octagon with a TKO victory over Jake Lindsey, and a submission win over Ivan Jorge.
Also set for the UFC’s return to Dublin is a clash of top-tier heavyweights, as Stipe Miocic, and Ben Rothwell are set to do battle in the co-main event of the evening.
Miocic is only 1-1 in his last two bouts, but he established himself as an elite contender in his five-round war with former champion Junior Dos Santos last December despite coming up short. The Croatian followed that up with a one-sided beating of veteran Mark Hunt last May.
“Big” Ben has also made a name for himself by rattling off three-straight finishes over Brandon Vera, Allistair Overeem, and Matt Mitrione.
Check out the full fight card below, and stay tuned to LowKickMMA for all news as the event nears closer:
MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 4 p.m. ET*)
- Joseph Duffy vs. Dustin Poirier
- Stipe Miocic vs. Ben Rothwell
- Nicolas Dalby vs. Darren Till
- Paddy Holohan vs. Louis Smolka
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 12:45 p.m. ET*)
- Reza Madadi vs. Norman Parke
- Mickael LeboutStevie Ray
- Jon Delos ReyesNeil Seery
- Scott AskhamKrzysztof Jotko
- Ericka AlmeidaAisling Daly
- Tom BreeseCathal Pendred
- Darren ElkinsRobert Whiteford
- Bubba BushGarreth McLellan