Joseph Duffy (fighter)
Seosamh Ó Dubhthaigh
|Born||18 February 1988|
|Other names||Irish Joe|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11 st 1 lb)|
|Reach||73 in (185 cm)|
|Style||Boxing, Kickboxing, Ju-Jitsu, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Fighting out of||Donegal, Ireland|
|Rank||Black belt in Taekwondo under Heath Gait |
Black belt in Ju-Jitsu under Heath Gait
Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Firas Zahabi
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Boxing record from BoxRec|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Joseph Duffy (born 18 February 1988) is an Irish retired mixed martial artist who competed in the lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). A professional since 2008, he has formerly competed for Cage Warriors and was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck. He is also a former professional boxer. He holds a notable victory over the former UFC lightweight and featherweight double-champion, Conor McGregor.
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.
Duffy is an avid 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.
Despite knowing from an early age that he wanted to be a MMA fighter, 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".
Mixed martial arts career
Duffy started his career as a welterweight, fighting in various regional promotions across the UK. Duffy defeated the former UFC two-weight champion, Conor McGregor, and Northern Irishman Norman Parke, who later went on to the join the UFC. It was after this fight that Duffy signed with Cage Warriors, the biggest MMA promotion in Europe.
The Ultimate Fighter
In February 2010, Duffy was announced as a cast member of The Ultimate Fighter 12 where he competed as a lightweight. In his first fight, Duffy lost to Kyle Watson via rear-naked choke in the first round, and was subsequently eliminated from the show.
Cage Warriors Fighting Championship
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
In January 2015, the UFC announced they had signed Duffy.
Duffy was expected to make his promotional debut against Vagner Rocha on 14 March 2015 at UFC 185. However, Rocha pulled out of the bout in early February citing injury and was replaced by Jake Lindsey. 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.
Duffy was expected to face Dustin Poirier on 24 October 2015 at UFC Fight Night 76. However, Duffy pulled out of the fight on 21 October citing a concussion he incurred during a sparring session. In turn, the pairing was rescheduled, and took place on 2 January 2016 at UFC 195. Duffy lost the fight by unanimous decision (30–26, 30–27, 30–27).
On 13 July 2017, Duffy's manager Graham Boylan revealed Duffy had signed a new seven-fight contract with UFC.
Duffy was expected to face Ross Pearson on 2 December 2018 at UFC Fight Night 142. However, Pearson announced on 7 November that he was out of the bout due to a broken nose and subsequent surgery to correct the injury. and he was replaced by newcomer M-1 Global Lightweight Champion Damir Ismagulov. In turn Duffy pulled out from the event, citing a rib injury.
Duffy faced Joel Álvarez on 19 July 2020 at UFC Fight Night 172. He lost the fight via a guillotine choke in round one. After the fight, Duffy announced his retirement from MMA competition.
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- MMA Junkie
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|21 matches||16 wins||5 losses|
|Loss||16–5||Joel Álvarez||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC Fight Night: Figueiredo vs. Benavidez 2||19 July 2020||1||2:25||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Loss||16–4||Marc Diakiese||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Till vs. Masvidal||16 March 2019||3||5:00||London, England|
|Loss||16–3||James Vick||TKO (punches)||UFC 217||4 November 2017||2||4:59||New York City, New York, United States|
|Win||16–2||Reza Madadi||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Manuwa vs. Anderson||18 March 2017||3||5:00||London, England|
|Win||15–2||Mitch Clarke||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: dos Anjos vs. Alvarez||7 July 2016||1||0:25||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||14–2||Dustin Poirier||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 195||2 January 2016||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||14–1||Ivan Jorge||Submission (triangle choke)||UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Leites||18 July 2015||1||3:05||Glasgow, Scotland||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||13–1||Jake Lindsey||TKO (head kick and body punch)||UFC 185||14 March 2015||1||1:47||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||12–1||Julien Boussuge||KO (knee)||CWFC 74||15 November 2014||1||0:36||London, England|
|Win||11–1||Damien Lapilus||Submission (rear-naked choke)||CWFC 70||16 August 2014||3||2:18||Dublin, Ireland|
|Loss||10–1||Ivan Musardo||Submission (guillotine choke)||Cage Warriors 44||1 October 2011||4||4:25||Kentish Town, England||For the vacant CWFC Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||10–0||Francis Heagney||Decision (unanimous)||Cage Warriors 43||9 July 2011||3||5:00||Kentish Town, England|
|Win||9–0||Oriol Gaset||TKO (punches)||Cage Warriors 42||28 May 2011||1||2:46||Cork City, Ireland|
|Win||8–0||Tom Maguire||Submission (triangle choke)||Cage Warriors 40||26 February 2011||1||4:47||Kentish Town, England|
|Win||7–0||Conor McGregor||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Cage Warriors 39||27 November 2010||1||0:38||Cork City, Ireland|
|Win||6–0||Norman Parke||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Spartan Fight Challenge 3||20 March 2010||1||3:06||Newport, Wales||Lightweight debut.|
|Win||5–0||Sebastien Grandin||Submission (triangle choke)||KnuckleUp MMA 3||1 November 2009||1||1:36||Newport, Wales|
|Win||4–0||Marius Buzinskas||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Spartan Fight Challenge 1||11 July 2009||1||N/A||Somerset, England|
|Win||3–0||James Bryan||Submission (rear-naked choke)||KnuckleUp MMA 1||29 May 2009||1||1:55||Somerset, England|
|Win||2–0||Ciaran Fry||Submission (triangle choke)||Angrrr Management 18: Holly Brawl||13 December 2008||1||1:24||Weston-super-Mare, England|
|Win||1–0||Mick Broster||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Angrrr Management 15: The Octagon Club||29 March 2008||1||2:33||Kidderminster, England|
Mixed martial arts exhibition and amateur record
|Professional record breakdown|
|3 matches||2 wins||1 loss|
|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|
Professional boxing record
|7 fights||7 wins||0 losses|
|7||Win||7–0||Attila Tibor Nagy||PTS||6||2013-11-22||Camden Centre, Kings Cross, London, England|
|6||Win||6–0||Ionut Trandafir Ilie||PTS||6||2013-09-07||Bärengarten, Ravensburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany|
|5||Win||5–0||Jay Morris||PTS||6||2013-07-27||York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England|
|4||Win||4–0||James Conroy||TKO||3 (4)||2013-05-11||Camden Centre, Kings Cross, London, England|
|3||Win||3–0||Gilson De Jesus||PTS||4||2013-03-23||Camden Centre, Kings Cross, London, England|
|2||Win||2–0||Paul Morby||TKO||2 (4)||2013-03-08||Coronet Theatre, Elephant & Castle, London, England|
|1||Win||1–0||Angelo Crowe||PTS||4||2013-03-02||Oceana, Swansea, Wales|
- List of Irish UFC fighters
- List of current UFC fighters
- List of male mixed martial artists
- List of mixed martial artists with professional boxing records
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