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One of the most intriguing signings in UFC history was made recently. Irish born fighter Joseph Duffy, or as he is commonly known “The Last Man to Defeat the ‘Notorious’ Conor McGregor,” will make his UFC debut in March against Brazilian fighter Vagner Rocha. The fight will be held in Dallas.
It was a little over four years ago that Duffy defeated McGregor in a Cage Warriors fight in Ireland. Incredibly, the encounter lasted a short 38 seconds; Duffy was able to get McGregor to tap out with an arm-triangle choke. This historic fight is significant because McGregor hasn’t lost a single fight since then; his winning streak so far is 13 fights. Through his efforts he has gained tremendous popularity and was able to galvanize the UFC’s featherweight division, bring the UFC back to his home country, and sell out the Boston venue for his Sunday night fight against Dennis Siver.
Surprisingly, Duffy doesn’t want to be known as the last man to beat McGregor; he wants to pave his own way in the UFC. As he prepares to embark on this new journey, Duffy is adamant that he wants to be remembered for his future performances, not his past ones.
So far, Duffy has put together an impressive 12-1 pro MMA record as well as a 7-0 in boxing. So now that he is dedicating his full attention to MMA, he hopes to create his own identity in an arena that McGregor has virtually conquered; McGregor is slated to go up against champion Jose Aldo for the featherweight title in May. This fight will be the largest smaller class bout that MMA has ever had.
No matter how you slice it; Duffy cannot get rid of the proverbial feather in his cap that came as a result of his victory against McGregor. And although he is coming into the UFC arena as a lightweight, he’s open to fighting McGregor again; if the opportunity ever presented itself. Evidently, McGregor is open to this possibility also. He said in a recent interview, “… If that fight presents itself, you best believe I want that fight.” And there you have it folks. That’s a fight that will have everyone betting on their favorite MMA fighter; especially in Australian casinos where they really go wild for sports.