If you’re just a casual fan, you may not be aware that Duffy is the last man to defeat McGregor. The two met back in 2010 under the Cage Warriors banner, and Duffy won the fight via first round, submission.
Since then, of course, McGregor has gone on to become one of the biggest names in the sport and the UFC’s interim featherweight champ. Duffy hasn’t reached the superstar level yet, but the lightweight has certainly impressed in his first two UFC bouts.
McGregor has said in the past that he wants another shot at Duffy, and while speaking to MMA Junkie recently about the latter, “Notorious” said this:
“I’d love to see Duffy climb that rank; do I think he has it in him? I don’t. I think he’s a journeyman,” McGregor said. “When I look at his career, he lost his Cage Warriors lightweight title – the lightweight title that I won. He lost, he was submitted in the fourth round, and he filled his sh-t with excuses. He had a sore hand, or he had this.
“He quit the sport. He moved country. He changed teams. He was Welch Joe. Then he’s London Joe. Now he’s Canadian Joe. Then he’s sees my success, and all of a sudden he’s Irish Joe. I would love to see him climb up, and I would KO him stiff just for the way this has all panned out.”
McGregor is referring to the fact that Duffy transitioned into pro boxing for a while, and that he’s changed teams in recent years. Most recently, the talented fighter has been training out of Tristar in Montreal. Clearly McGregor hasn’t gotten over what went down in 2010 huh?
First things first though, as Duffy will take on Dustin Poirier at UFC FN 76 on October 25th, in what will be the leadliner for the Dublin card. McGregor, meanwhile, will take on featherweight champ Jose Aldo on December 12th at UFC 194.