'I will beat Conor McGregor' declares Donegal man Joseph Duffy
Promoting his UFC main event bout with Dustin Poirier, Joseph Duffy had some words on a potential superbout with Conor McGregor.
In the centre of a crowd of international media outside Dublin’s 3Arena stands Joseph Duffy, and it’s clear as day lights the UFC’s plan for the Donegal mixed martial arts star.
Yesterday came with the news that Duffy would fight Louisiana native Dustin Poirier as the main event slot for UFC Dublin on October 24. Donegal’s Duffy is coming off the back of two extremely impressive first round victories over Jake Lindsey and Ivan Jorge respectively.
With a record of 14-1, Duffy dispatched Lindsey with a vicious head kick on his UFC debut, before submitting Jorge, and winning performance of the night at UFC Glasgow last Saturday night.
His Dublin opponent Poirier is also coming off two excellent wins too after his UFC 178 loss to Conor McGregor.
Ahead of the fight, Duffy said:
"Dustin's a great fighter, he's been on a great run since he moved to 155 [lbs], but I'm one of the best fighters in the world.”
"I feel like this is the time to prove it."
The return to Dublin for the UFC is an incredibly smart business move. Conor McGregor broke every FightPass record in the book the last time they came as he knocked out Diego Brandao in the first round, and announced himself to the world as a UFC superstar.
The Crumlin man has rose and rose, and after he won the Featherweight interim title at UFC 189 2 weeks ago, he without doubt became the biggest star on the organisations current roster, only to be argued by Ronda Rousey.
With this upcoming UFC Dublin event, they have nothing to lose. In the back of everyone’s mind, when you think Joseph Duffy, you think “the last man to beat Conor McGregor”, and if he beats Poirier on October 24th, and does so in convincing fashion, well then the UFC are onto a superfight with the two Irishmen.
It’s all ifs and buts, but the Featherweight title unification bout is tipped to happen by late December or early January between McGregor, and undefeated undisputed Jose Aldo. Should McGregor win this win, well then a potential bout with Duffy in Croke Park could be the biggest fight in UFC history.
Speaking of McGregor, Duffy said:
Without a doubt," Duffy replied when asked if he would like to take on 'The Notorious' again.
"Conor is the interim champion now and regarded as one of the best pound-for-pound [fighters] in the world. That's where we're all striving to be.
"That fight would be ideal, Croke Park, main event, sounds good to me.
"It would be a Donegal/Dublin All-Ireland Final."
"I'm pretty confident in my game. I believe I would beat Conor.
"Every fighter has to be confident in their own ability. I believe he hasn't faced someone like myself, someone who is not going to break, someone who he can't get into their head, someone who loves being in that Octagon."