Joe Duffy has said he’s not focused on fighting Conor McGregor, but the lightweight believes he would defeat his fellow countryman, if they cross paths again.
Since Duffy is the last man to defeat McGregor, the Irish fighter has repeatedly fielded questions about fighting “Notorious” once more. Duffy has distanced himself from this narrative, by noting he competes at 155, and not featherweight.
But, McGregor continues to say that he plans to move to the lightweight division, and the interim featherweight champ has also said he’d stop Duffy if they fight again. Well, Duffy recently appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and while discussing McGregor, he stated this (quote via Bloody Elbow.com):
“I believe I can take Conor out just as quickly,” Duffy said. “Everyone notices Conor has greatly improved, but so am I. Everything Conor does, I feel I can beat him at. He uses more kicks, I’ve been doing taekwondo since I was five. There’s not an area I feel he can beat me.”
How about that? If you’re not aware, Duffy fought McGregor back in 2010 and submitted the latter in under a minute. That was a life time ago, in a sport like MMA, and there’s no doubt both guys have improved since then.
Of course, all this talk about a rematch between McGregor and Duffy is premature. Duffy is scheduled to fight Dustin Poirier on October 24th, and McGregor will fight champion Jose Aldo on December 12th.
But, if both men keep winning, you know the UFC will be more than happy to book McGregor-Duffy at some juncture.