Joseph Duffy recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his win over Conor McGregor back in 2010; which saw Duffy win by submission in 38 seconds. Ever since then, Duffy has had that fight stuck in his memory and explained that at the time it was a big fight for him as he was coming back from a loss that he sustained while on season 12 of the Ulitmate Fighter.
“I can still remember that fight quite clearly; it was my first fight back after the loss on ‘(The Ultimate Fighter 12).’ It was a big fight for me. It was a big fight to get back into the swing of things, and it was my first fight on a show of that scale also. I remember the fight clearly, and I felt that was the start of me moving on to the next level. After ‘TUF’ I felt like I broke a few barriers, a few hurdles, that was hindering my game, and that was the start of me breaking all that down,” Duffy said.
If given the opportunity to fight McGregor, he would take it, but would not change a thing with his gameplan. He would expect the fight to be a five round war, but could also see him finishing McGregor as he believes he could finish anyone that stands in front of him.
“I would address the fight the same way I would any other: I would go in expecting the five rounds, and I believe I can finish anyone. I’m always looking for them opportunities, and the fight with Conor would be no different,” he added. “I would be in there, and I would be looking for that finish. There’s nobody I fight that I feel I can’t beat in any area. I’m one of them people – I feel I’m an opportunist. I don’t go in there planning to do one thing specifically. I just go in and let the fight unfold and react and take what opportunities are given to me.”
McGregor is expected to face Jose Aldo in a title unification bout at UFC 194 while Duffy is expected to face Dustin Poirier at UFC 195.
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