Irish lightweight standout Joseph Duffy (12-1) will make his long awaited UFC debut this weekend on the undercard of UFC 185 when he takes on the USA’s Jake Lindsey (9-2) at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
‘Irish Joe’ is set to break into the UFC 155lb division, and boasts an impressively well rounded game that seems tailor made for mixed martial arts success. Of his twelve career wins, eleven have come by way of stoppage – ten in the opening round, including eight submissions, and most recently, a powerful knee strike that knocked out Julien Boussuge in just 36 seconds at Cage Warriors 74 last November. Furthermore, the 27-year-old holds a middleweight boxing record of 6-0.
For his UFC debut Duffy has joined the no doubt invigorating ranks of the world renown Tristar Gym in Montreal, Canada, alongside the likes of UFC great Georges St-Pierre, and fellow UKMMA standout Tom Breese. With coaches such as Firas Zahabi and Eric O’Keefe in his corner, as well as nutritionist George Lockhart, Duffy explained on the latest edition of the Talking Brawls Podcast that the team behind him believe the featherweight division could be the perfect home for him.
“Me and the coaches at Tristar, we had a bit of a chat about this,” Duffy told Niall Mcgrath during an interview on the Talking Brawls Podcast, “we were talking about the drop to 145(lbs). Obviously, after working with George, I should have a better idea. He’ll learn how my body works and how well my body deals with the cut and everything else, so after this cut we should have a good idea.”
For British and Irish MMA fans, Duffy’s transition to the UFC raises a particular interest, and a potential drop to 145lbs will add to the anticipation, due to him being the last man to defeat current UFC featherweight title challenger Conor McGregor. Duffy submitted McGregor in just 38 seconds with an Arm-Triangle Choke back in 2010, and also holds a submission win over Ultimate Fighter winner Norman Parke who himself teased a drop to featherweight recently via social media.
Despite frequent questions regarding what would be two highly talked about rematches, at least in the eyes of UKMMA fans; Duffy has no interest in chasing fights at this time, and explained how the pressure that comes with such well documented victories is something he’s happy to put behind him.
“To be honest, I haven’t looked that much into it. It was just a discussion we had between me and the coaches, and they believe I could make 145(lbs). After the fight, touch wood I get the win, we’ll sit down and cross that road when we come to it.”
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