Dustin Poirier made a wise choice.
The UFC lightweight was without an opponent last week when Joseph Duffy was forced to pull out of their main event fight with a concussion just three days out. Poirier was offered a bout with Norman Parke at UFC Fight Night 76 in Dublin, Ireland on Saturday, but turned it down.
Now, Poirier will get the bout he was supposed to have over the weekend. Poirier vs. Duffy has been rebooked for UFC 195 on Jan. 2 in Las Vegas, it was announced Wednesday on UFC Tonight.
Poirier took heat from fans and even his peers for not taking the bout with Parke, who ended up beating Reza Madadi by unanimous decision on the card. It appears now like he made the right choice, getting a rising star opponent on a pay-per-view card.
Poirier (18-4) has won two straight since moving back up to lightweight following a loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 178 in September 2014. Overall, he has won five of six and is still just 26 years old. Duffy (14-1) has won four in a row, including his first two in the UFC. The Irishman, of course, is the last man with a win over McGregor, the UFC interim featherweight champion, back in 2010.
UFC 195 is headlined by a welterweight title fight between champion Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit. The co-main event features heavyweight contenders Andrei Arlovski and Stipe Miocic facing off.