Joseph Duffy (fighter)

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Joseph Duffy
Seosamh Ó Dubhthaigh
Born (1988-02-18) 18 February 1988 (age 30)
Donegal, Ireland
Other namesIrish Joe[1]
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[2]
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11 st 1 lb)
Reach73 in (185 cm)[2]
StyleTaekwondo, Ju-Jitsu, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out ofDonegal, Ireland
TeamTristar Gym
RankBlack belt in Taekwondo[3] under Heath Gait[citation needed]
Black belt in Ju-Jitsu[3] under Heath Gait[citation needed]
Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Firas Zahabi[4]
Years active2008–present
Professional boxing record
By knockout2
Kickboxing record
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout5
By submission10
By decision2
By knockout1
By submission1
By decision1
Amateur record
By submission2
Other information
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Joseph Duffy (Irish: Seosamh Ó Dubhthaigh) (born 18 February 1988) is an Irish mixed martial artist who competes in the lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional since 2008, he has formerly competed for Cage Warriors and was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck.

Early life[edit]

Duffy is from Meenbanad, Burtonport, County Donegal. His family emigrated when he was young to the industrial town of Ebbw Vale in Wales, from where they travelled back and forth to Burtonport regularly.[5]

Duffy is a big rugby fan, and growing up he says "I would always have made it known I wasn’t from Wales", which made his support for Ireland during the Six Nations a bit difficult sometimes. He claimed "if Ireland lost in the rugby, I would try to skip the next day at school, just to avoid the hassle it would bring". Duffy also played the sport through his youth, and despite captaining his school’s rugby team, it was martial arts that always occupied the majority of Duffy’s time. He started with taekwon-do before progressing to traditional jiu-jitsu, a foundation that eventually led him to a career in professional MMA.[6]

Duffy went 23–0–5 in amateur MMA competition winning the Welsh Grapple & Strike Welterweight championship.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Duffy started his career as a welterweight, fighting in various regional promotions across the United Kingdom. Duffy is one of only four fighters to defeat the former UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor in professional bout. He also defeated Northern Irishman Norman Parke, who later went on to the join the UFC.[7] It was after this fight that Duffy signed with Cage Warriors, the biggest MMA promotion in Europe.

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

In February 2010, Duffy was announced as a cast member of The Ultimate Fighter 12 where he competed as a lightweight.[8] In his first fight, Duffy lost to Kyle Watson via rear-naked choke in the first round and was subsequently eliminated from the show.[9]

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship[edit]

Duffy made his name and rose to prominence while fighting under the CWFC banner. In his first bout with the promotion, Duffy submitted Conor McGregor, another Irish fighter who went on to UFC stardom.[10]

In 2011, Duffy earned a Cage Warriors title shot against Ivan Musardo. Duffy lost the fight, breaking his hand in the third round and being subsequently submitted in the fourth.[11]

Following his recovery, Duffy switched his attention to pro boxing. He amassed a 7–0 record before returning to Cage Warriors in 2014. Duffy's first fight back was against Frenchman, Damien Lapilus. Duffy won via rear-naked choke, 2 minutes and 18 seconds into the third round.[12]

Three months later he defeated another Frenchman, Julien Boussuge. This time detecting his opponent's intention for a takedown, and connecting a clean knee to the head when Boussuge changed levels. It was an instant knockout.[13]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In January 2015, the UFC announced they had signed Duffy.[14]

Duffy was expected to make his promotional debut against Vagner Rocha on 14 March 2015 at UFC 185.[15] However, Rocha pulled out of the bout in early February citing injury and was replaced by Jake Lindsey.[16] Duffy won the fight via TKO in the first round after wobbling his opponent with a head kick and then dropping Lindsey with a body shot, forcing the stoppage.[17]

Duffy faced Ivan Jorge on 18 July 2015 at UFC Fight Night 72.[18] He won the fight via submission in the first round.[19] He also earned a Performance of the Night bonus.[20]

Duffy was expected to face Dustin Poirier on 24 October 2015 at UFC Fight Night 76.[21] However, Duffy pulled out of the fight on 21 October citing a concussion he incurred during a sparring session.[22] In turn, the pairing was rescheduled, and took place on 2 January 2016 at UFC 195.[23] Duffy lost the fight by unanimous decision (30–26, 30–27, 30–27).[24]

Duffy next faced Mitch Clarke on 7 July 2016 at UFC Fight Night 90.[25] He won the fight via submission in the opening minute of the first round.[26]

Duffy faced Reza Madadi on 18 March 2017 at UFC Fight Night 107.[27] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[28]

On 13 July 2017, Duffy's manager Graham Boylan revealed Duffy had signed a new seven-fight contract with UFC.[29]

Duffy faced James Vick on 4 November 2017 at UFC 217.[30] He lost the fight via TKO in the second round.[31]

Duffy is expected to face Ross Pearson on 2 December 2018 at UFC Fight Night 142.[32]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 17–3 James Vick TKO (punches) UFC 217 November 4, 2017 2 4:59 New York City, New York, United States
Win 17–2 Reza Madadi Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Manuwa vs. Anderson March 18, 2017 3 5:00 London, England
Win 16–2 Mitch Clarke Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: dos Anjos vs. Alvarez July 7, 2016 1 0:25 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 15–2 Dustin Poirier Decision (unanimous) UFC 195 January 2, 2016 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 15–1 Ivan Jorge Submission (triangle choke) UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Leites July 18, 2015 1 3:05 Glasgow, Scotland Performance of the Night.
Win 14–1 Jake Lindsey TKO (head kick and body punch) UFC 185 March 14, 2015 1 1:47 Dallas, Texas, United States
Win 13–1 Julien Boussuge KO (knee) CWFC 74 November 15, 2014 1 0:36 London, England
Win 12–1 Damien Lapilus Submission (rear-naked choke) CWFC 70 August 16, 2014 3 2:18 Dublin, Ireland
Loss 11–1 Ivan Musardo Submission (guillotine choke) Cage Warriors 44 October 1, 2011 4 4:25 Kentish Town, England For the vacant CWFC Lightweight Championship.
Win 11–0 Francis Heagney Decision (unanimous) Cage Warriors 43 July 9, 2011 3 5:00 Kentish Town, England
Win 10–0 Oriol Gaset TKO (punches) Cage Warriors 42 May 28, 2011 1 2:46 Cork City, Ireland
Win 9–0 Tom Maguire Submission (triangle choke) Cage Warriors 40 February 26, 2011 1 4:47 Kentish Town, England
Win 8–0 Conor McGregor Submission (arm-triangle choke) Cage Warriors 39: The Uprising November 27, 2010 1 0:38 Cork City, Ireland
Win 7–0 Norman Parke Submission (rear-naked choke) Spartan Fight Challenge 3 March 20, 2010 1 3:06 Newport, Wales Lightweight debut.
Win 6–0 Sebastien Grandin Submission (triangle choke) KnuckleUp MMA 3 November 1, 2009 1 1:36 Newport, Wales
Win 5–0 Marius Buzinskas Submission (rear-naked choke) Spartan Fight Challenge 1 July 11, 2009 1 N/A Somerset, England
Win 4–0 James Bryan Submission (rear-naked choke) KnuckleUp MMA 1 May 29, 2009 1 1:55 Somerset, England
Win 3–0 Mo Taylor KO (punches) Chaos FC 5 March 6, 2009 1 1:44 Cork City, Ireland
Win 2–0 Ciaran Fry Submission (triangle choke) Angrrr Management 18: Holly Brawl December 13, 2008 1 1:24 Weston-super-Mare, England
Win 1–0 Mick Broster TKO (doctor stoppage) Angrrr Management 15: The Octagon Club March 29, 2008 1 2:33 Kidderminster, England

Mixed martial arts exhibition and amateur record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 2–1 Kyle Watson Submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck 15 September 2010 (air date) 1 3:33 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 12 preliminary round.
Win 2–0 Adam Stanton Submission (triangle choke) Angrrr Management 9: Southern Agrrression 4 2 July 2006 1 1:34 Weston Super Mare, England
Win 1–0 Tim Newman Submission (triangle choke) Grapple & Strike 9 21 May 2005 1 2:05 Ebbw Vale, Wales

Boxing career[edit]

Despite knowing from an early age that he wanted to be a mixed martial artist, Duffy said "I always wondered how I would get on in boxing". He continued "it was never something I thought about pursuing. I had never boxed, even at amateur, until a few years ago". Duffy cited "the opportunity to work with one of the best coaches in the boxing world" as the main reason for his switch, and the chance "to spar with some of the best fighters in the world; James DeGale, Andy Lee, George Groves, Chris Eubank, Jr.", something he deemed "priceless". The decision was then made even easier, with Duffy explaining "I was fortunate enough to have sponsors to back me as well. That took care of the financial worries".

When reflecting on the experience, he stated "More than anything, I’m a person who doesn’t want to have any regrets. When I’m old I want to be able to say that I gave it a go. That’s what it was. I got to fight professionally and I got to spar with some of the best fighters in the world".[34]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
7 fights 7 wins 0 losses
By knockout 2 0
By decision 5 0
No. Result Record Opponent Method Round, time Date Location Notes
7 Win 7–0 Hungary Attila Tibor Nagy PTS 6 2013-11-22 United Kingdom Camden Centre, Kings Cross, London, England
6 Win 6–0 Romania Ionut Trandafir Ilie PTS 6 2013-09-07 Germany Bärengarten, Ravensburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
5 Win 5–0 United Kingdom Jay Morris PTS 6 2013-07-27 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England
4 Win 4–0 United Kingdom James Conroy TKO 3 (4) 2013-05-11 United Kingdom Camden Centre, Kings Cross, London, England
3 Win 3–0 United Kingdom Gilson De Jesus PTS 4 2013-03-23 United Kingdom Camden Centre, Kings Cross, London, England
2 Win 2–0 United Kingdom Paul Morby TKO 2 (4) 2013-03-08 United Kingdom Coronet Theatre, Elephant & Castle, London, England
1 Win 1–0 United Kingdom Angelo Crowe PTS 4 2013-03-02 United Kingdom Oceana, Swansea, Wales

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Joseph". Sherdog.
  2. ^ a b "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Bisping vs. Leites". Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Joseph Duffy - Official UFC Fighter Profile". Retrieved 15 March 2014.
  4. ^ Darragh Murphy. "PIC: Joseph Duffy promoted to purple belt in BJJ by legendary coach Firas Zahabi". Retrieved January 2, 2016.
  5. ^ Staff (3 September 2015). "People Like You: Joseph Duffy makes his return to MMA". DonegalNews. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  6. ^ Staff (3 September 2015). "'I want to be remembered as a UFC champion, not the guy who beat Conor McGregor'". Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  7. ^ Fight III[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Staff (3 August 2010). "Meet the cast for "The Ultimate Fighter 12," field includes 28 lightweights". Retrieved 3 August 2010.
  9. ^ Staff (16 September 2010). "Episode No. 1 recap: "The Ultimate Fighter 12: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck"". Retrieved 16 September 2010.
  10. ^ Fergus Ryan (1 December 2010). "Cage Warriors 39 'The Uprising' review". Retrieved 1 December 2010.
  11. ^ Staff (1 October 2011). "Cage Warriors 44 recap: Ivan Musardo wins vacant title". Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  12. ^ Dann Stupp (16 August 2014). "Cage Warriors 70 results: Joseph Duffy taps Damien Lapilus in final round". Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  13. ^ Staff (15 November 2014). "Cage Warriors 74 results: Nicolas Dalby, Pannie Kianzad claim title victories". Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  14. ^ Zane Simon (8 January 2015). "Welcome to the UFC, Joseph Duffy". Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  15. ^ Staff (19 January 2015). "Joseph Duffy meets Vagner Rocha at UFC 185 in Dallas". Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  16. ^ Jason Floyd (4 February 2015). "Jake Lindsey replaces an injured Vagner Rocha, meets Joseph Duffy at UFC 185". Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  17. ^ Tim Burke (14 March 2015). "UFC 185 prelims results: Benoit upsets Pettis, Duffy wins debut". Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  18. ^ Tristen Critchfield (5 May 2015). "Joseph Duffy to face Ivan Jorge at UFC Fight Night in Glasgow on July 18". Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  19. ^ Steven Marrocco (18 July 2015). "UFC Fight Night 72 results: Irish Joe' Duffy taps out black belt Ivan Jorge in first". Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  20. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2015-07-18). "UFC Fight Night Glasgow Bonuses: Calderwood, Casey, Duffy, Ray earn $50K". Retrieved 2015-07-18.
  21. ^ Tom Rooney (2015-07-29). "Joseph Duffy vs. Dustin Poirier headlines UFC Fight Night 77 in Dublin". Retrieved 2015-07-29.
  22. ^ Shaun Al-Shatti (2015-10-21). "Joseph Duffy out of UFC Fight Night 76, Paddy Holohan vs. Louis Smolka set as new main event". Retrieved 2015-10-21.
  23. ^ Staff (2015-10-28). "Scrapped Dustin Poirier vs. Joseph Duffy fight rebooked for UFC 195 in Las Vegas". Retrieved 2015-10-28.
  24. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2016-01-02). "UFC 195 results: Dustin Poirier stays strong at 155, dominates Joseph Duffy in bloodbath". Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  25. ^ Dale Jordan (2016-04-28). "Joe Duffy vs. Mitch Clarke added to UFC Fight Night 90 in Las Vegas". Retrieved 2016-04-28.
  26. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-07-07). "UFC Fight Night 90 results: Joseph Duffy blasts through Mitch Clarke with 25-second submission". Retrieved 2016-07-07.
  27. ^ Ariel Helwani (2016-12-16). "Joseph Duffy vs. Reza Madadi slated for UFC Fight Night: London". Retrieved 2016-12-16.
  28. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2017-03-18). "UFC Fight Night 107 results: Joseph Duffy batters Reza Madadi for clean sweep on cards". Retrieved 2017-03-18.
  29. ^ Peter Carroll (2015-07-13). "Joseph Duffy signs seven-fight deal with UFC".
  30. ^ MMAjunkie Staff (2017-06-25). "Joseph Duffy meets James Vick at UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden in New York". Retrieved 2017-09-25.
  31. ^ Dave Doyle (2017-11-05). "UFC 217 results: James Vick finishes Joseph Duffy in last second of second round". Retrieved 2017-11-05.
  32. ^ David Tees (2018-10-23). "Ross Pearson faces Joe Duffy at UFC Fight Night Adelaide". Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  33. ^ "MMAjunkie's 'Submission of the Month' for July: Ireland's other UFC star". 4 August 2015.
  34. ^ Joseph Duffy: ‘I have been fighting all my life.’

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