Hardcore and European fans have known about Joseph Duffy for quite some time, but following the Irish fighter’s memorable UFC debut in March, the spotlight on him as apparently got much brighter.
Duffy has been on the prospect radar screen for quite a while now, thanks to an impressive run with Cage Warriors, and because he is the last man to defeat Conor McGregor. Duffy submitted McGregor way back in 2010, but it wasn’t until the latter became a massive star, that the victory was widely noticed.
Well, Duffy made his way to the Octagon in March, and quickly took out Jake Lindsey at UFC 185. “Irish Joe’s” performance definitely lived up to the hype that surrounded his UFC debut. Case in point, while talking to MMA Junkie.com recently about his upcoming, July 18th bout with Ivan Jorge, Duffy had this to say:
“There seemed to be quite a buzz (after my debut),” Duffy said. “Obviously with the whole Conor thing, I think that’s what created the buzz. Then I went and backed it up. People are starting to see me for who I am.
“I’ve been fighting a long time. I think my record speaks for itself. It’s my time to come through in there. … It’s one fight at a time. If I go out and I’m blowing through all these guys pretty quick, then I suppose, yeah, there’s no reason why not. I’ll just take it one fight at a time and before a while I’ll be up in the mix.”
Yup, while Duffy (13-1) hasn’t reached “Notorious” levels of popularity yet, a lot of folks are certainly starting to take notice of the lightweight. If you’re wondering, and haven’t heard, McGregor has already relayed that he’d like to face Duffy again at some point. While chances are it won’t happen any time soon, since McGregor has repeatedly talked about moving to 155, a rematch could materialize in the future.
UFC FN 72 will be hosted by the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland on July 18th. Ivan Jorge, meanwhile, has gone 2-1 in the UFC to date and carries a pretty impressive record of 26-4.