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One of the biggest stars on the UFC Dublin card has been forced to pull out

This is a big blow to next week’s event.

UFC heavyweight Stipe Miocic.
UFC heavyweight Stipe Miocic.

THERE ARE CURRENTLY doubts over the co-main event at UFC Fight Night 76.

Stipe Miocic was scheduled to face Ben Rothwell in the penultimate bout for the UFC’s return to Dublin’s 3Arena a week on Saturday.

However, the organisation has confirmed this evening that Miocic has been forced to withdraw from the fight after sustaining an injury.

It’s disappointing news for Irish fans. The meeting of Miocic and Rothwell was being billed as a potential title eliminator in the heavyweight division.

There are just 11 days to go but the UFC are still hopeful that Rothwell will stay on the card, with a replacement for Miocic being sought at the moment.

Matt Mitrione — who lost to Rothwell back in June and is due to fight Travis Browne on 17 January — has already taken to social media to offer his services for a rematch.

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UFC Dublin

Main card

Joseph Duffy vs. Dustin Poirier
TBC vs. Ben Rothwell
Nicolas Dalby vs. Darren Till
Paddy Holohan vs. Louis Smolka

Prelims

Norman Parke vs. Reza Madadi
Stevie Ray vs. Mickael Lebout
Neil Seery vs. Jon Delos Reyes
Scott Askham vs. Krzysztof Jotko
Aisling Daly vs. Ericka Almeida
Cathal Pendred vs. Tom Breese
Darren Elkins vs. Robert Whiteford
Bubba Bush vs. Garreth McLellan

‘When the best version of me shows up I know I’m unstoppable’ – Pendred

Next week’s UFC Dublin card will be broadcast live and free-to-air in Ireland

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