Joe Duffy closed out his UFC contract last weekend with a victory, and the Irish fighter is looking forward to see what offers he gets on the free agent market.
The talented striker outscored Reza Madadi last weekend at UFC Fight Night 107, and in doing so, Duffy moved his UFC record to 4-1. Unlike a lot of fighters, however, Duffy didn’t come to terms on a new contract with the UFC, before his current deal finished up. As a result, in the near future, Duffy’s team will be able to accept offers for his services from various promotions.
Recently “Irish Joe” was on “The MMA Hour”, and while discussing his decision to enter free agency, Duffy said this (quote via MMA Fighting):
“It’s not like I’ve gone to university or anything else,” Duffy said. “After this, I haven’t got a job waiting for me. Since I’ve been five years old, this is what I’ve done…I’m trying to get paid for those years now, so that’s what I’m trying to do. I’m trying to set myself up financially, and hopefully when that’s taken care of, I can relax a little bit more and just enjoy the fighting.
“But I would gladly sign with the UFC if we come to a good deal and everything. I’ve enjoyed every second of working with them so far. I said it all week, I’ve got a great relationship with most of the staff of the UFC, and I love the USADA program and this type of thing. So it’s not like it’s 100 percent done or anything else; I’m just open to all offers and I’m interested to see what offers are on the table.”
It’s going to be really interesting to see what happens here. In recent months, the UFC has had the likes of Ryan Bader, Lorenz Larkin, Phil Davis, Benson Henderson, Albert Tumenov, and Rory MacDonald, among others, sign elsewhere. Now, since the UFC is the biggest promotion in the world, the company isn’t going to get outbid, if it doesn’t want to be. So, it just remains to be seen how much money they’re willing to spend to retain Duffy.
Considering Duffy’s fan friendly style, and the fact he holds a win over Conor McGregor, he’s likely in for a nice raise.