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Perhaps by now everybody is aware of the ease with which Joseph
Duffy disposed of Conor
McGregor at Cage Warriors 39. The man they call “Irish Joe”
submitted the former
Ultimate Fighting Championship two-division champion by
arm-triangle choke in only 38 seconds. And as their rematch remains
a vision, Duffy is slowly and silently climbing his way up.
Unfortunately, his two-fight winning streak was snapped by James Vick.
This weekend, he will try to get back in the win column when he
UFC Fight Night 147. If you aren’t too familiar yet with the 31
year-old lightweight from Donegal, Ireland, read along.
He fought in professional boxing.
After the first loss of his career to Ivan
Musardo, Duffy decided to pursue a career in boxing. And while
he knew from a young age that he wanted a career in MMA, Duffy
always wondered how he could have fared in the squared circle. This
and the opportunity to work with the best coaches and sparring
partners made the decision easier. In addition, there were sponsors
ready to back him up financially. It turned out to be a great
decision as Duffy went on to have a clean record of 7-0 before
returning to MMA in 2014. All seven of his pro boxing bouts
happened in 2013.
He's a Japanese jiu-jitsu black belt.
Japanese jiu-jitsu is regarded by some as the grandfather of all
grappling techniques, and Duffy had practiced it extensively before
he even learned boxing. He was, in fact, known as a submission
fighter when he was just starting out in MMA as seven of his first
eight professional MMA wins came by submission. Duffy eventually
earned his black belt in Japanese jiu-jitsu under Heath Gait. He
also happens to be a Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt under
Tristar Gym head coach Firas Zahabi.
He's beaten two future UFC fighters before they were
McGregor isn’t the only future UFC fighter Duffy stopped. He also
submitted “The Ultimate Fighter” winner Norman
Parke at an event called Spartan Fight Challenge 3. Outside of
these two big-name fighters, Duffy also scored impressive victories
over respected regional veterans such as Julien
Boussuge and Damien
He didn’t make it to ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ house.
Duffy was a contestant in the 12th installment of the UFC-produced
reality show. Fans never saw him in the elimination round though as
he was submitted by Kyle Watson
in the entry stage. Watson went on to reach the semifinals against
eventual winner Jonathan
He’s a huge Mike Tyson fan.
Like many MMA fighters, Duffy finds inspiration in boxers, and for
him, Tyson is the most entertaining of them all. He said he loves
“Iron” Mike’s persona and style, and the fact that he was so
dominant despite being undersized in the heavyweight division.
Duffy enjoyed watching his fights when he was growing up.