Joseph Duffy may be the last man to defeat interim featherweight champ Conor McGregor–you may have heard of him–but it sounds like the Irish lightweight is ready to move past all the rematch talk.
Duffy arrived in the UFC with a fair amount of buzz, impart due to his status as a top lightweight prospect, but in particular, because he tapped out “Notorious” back in 2010. McGregor has said he’d like another shot at Duffy at some point, but considering the two aren’t competing in the same division, that’s probably not going to happen any time soon.
“Irish Joe”, who is scheduled to fight Ivan Jorge at UFC FN 72, has talked about moving to 145 in the past, which would obviously shorten the road to a second fight with McGregor. But, while talking to MMA Junkie.com recently about this Saturday’s scrap, Duffy had this to say about the ongoing, McGregor speculation.
“I’m concentrating on my own career,” Duffy said. “I’ve been fighting all my life, and this is all I’ve ever wanted to do. When I left school, I knew I was going to fight pro and this was going to be my career. I’m not thinking about anyone else but myself.”
Fair enough. Duffy scored an impressive stoppage win over Jake Lindsey in his Octagon debut, and if he takes out Jorge this weekend, he’ll be well on his way in the UFC’s 155 division. So why go about kicking the tires regarding a McGregor rematch right now? When the latter is set to fight Jose Aldo later this year, and if McGregor wins that, chances are Frankie Edgar will be next.
Duffy also acknowledged that “making 155 is not exactly a walk in the park”, and he added that he’s never felt overpowered at lightweight to date. So, who’s to say dropping to featherweight would be the right move to make any ways?
Of course, since McGregor is a big 145’er, the consensus is that at some point, he’ll move to lightweight. The outspoken fighter has repeatedly said that’s his plan as well, so, perhaps McGregor-Duffy II will materialize in 2016? 2017? You never know.
UFC Fight Night 71 will be headlined by a middleweight bout between Michael Bisping and Thales Leites.