Joseph Duffy gets new opponent for UFC debut after Vagner Rocha withdraws due to injury 7 years ago

Joseph Duffy gets new opponent for UFC debut after Vagner Rocha withdraws due to injury

Joseph Duffy must have gotten a pang of disappointment when his opponent for UFC 185, Vagner Rocha, pulled out of their March fight.

But any fear of his promotional debut being struck from the event was shortlived as Jake Lindsey will step in to fight Duffy (12-1) at the event that is headlined by a lightweight championship fight between Anthony Pettis and Rafael dos Anjos.

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Jake "The Librarian" Lindsey (9-2) has lost both of his fights since his UFC debut last June and faces a difficult task when he meets the last man to beat featherweight contender Conor McGregor.

The lightweight meeting between Duffy and Lindsey is expected to feature on the event's prelims when the UFC visits Dallas on March 14.

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The updated card looks like this:

Anthony Pettis vs. Rafael dos Anjos

Carla Esparza vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk 

Roy Nelson vs. Alistair Overeem

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Matt Brown vs. Johny Hendricks

Chris Cariaso vs. Henry Cejudo

Ryan Benoit vs. Sergio Pettis

Ross Pearson vs. Sam Stout

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Daron Cruickshank vs. Beneil Dariush

Roger Narvaez vs. Elias Theodorou

Joseph Duffey vs. Jake Lindsey

Germaine de Randamie vs. Larissa Pacheco

Josh Copeland vs. Jared Rosholt

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