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Joseph Duffy has a new opponent for next month's UFC debut in Dallas

The Donegal fighter will now face Jake Lindsey on 14 March.

Irish UFC fighter Joseph Duffy.
Irish UFC fighter Joseph Duffy.
Image: Dolly Clew/Cage Warriors

IRELAND’S JOSEPH DUFFY will no longer face Vagner Rocha in his UFC debut, which was announced recently.

The42 can reveal exclusively that a knee injury has forced Rocha to withdraw from the bout, but the UFC have lined up a replacement opponent for the Donegal lightweight.

Duffy will now lock horns with Jake Lindsey on the preliminary card at UFC 185, which is set to take place at the American Airlines Centre in Dallas on Saturday, 14 March.

A native of Kansas, Lindsey was undefeated when he made his UFC debut last February. The 28-year-old now holds a 9-2 career record following consecutive stoppage losses to Jon Tuck and Olivier Aubin-Mercier in his two UFC outings to date.

Duffy will be making his long-awaited UFC debut having recently signed with the promotion following a very successful career with leading European promotion Cage Warriors.

The 26-year-old, who also has a 7-0 record as a professional boxer, will fly out to Canada this coming weekend to continue his fight camp at the Tristar Gym in Montreal, which is home to UFC legend Georges St-Pierre.

Duffy has taken 10 of his 12 career victories inside the first round, two of which came against fellow Irish UFC fighters Conor McGregor and Norman Parke.

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