Heading into his bout with Poirier, Duffy had won four straight, and was widely regarded as one of the fastest rising lightweights in the UFC. If he had won, the Irish fighter would likely be sitting in the top ten ranks.
Duffy came up short, however, as the well rounded Poirier ended up scoring a UD win. Recently “Irish Joe” spoke to MMA Junkie.com in advance of his July 7th bout with Mitch Clarke. While doing so, he had this to say about his defeat to Poirier.
“I didn’t have that normal zip (and) maybe it’s just the time away from home the whole time, as well,” said Duffy. “I haven’t been back to Ireland to spend as much time there as I used too. I went back the other week and it kind of reminded me what I’m fighting for. … I hadn’t been back in so long. I kind of forgot what I was fighting for. Now I’ve had that little break I’m excited to get back in there and do it for my country.”
As you might know, Duffy now resides in Montreal, Quebec, and trains out of the city’s renowned Tristar gym. It will be interesting to see how he looks against Clarke. The latter isn’t as big a name as Duffy, but he’s a big 155’er who has some dangerous tools. Just ask Al Iaquinta, who was choked unconscious by Clarke with a sneaky, Brabo Choke…
That fight will be part of UFC FN 90, which will be headlined by a bout between lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos and Eddie Alvarez. The card will go down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.