Nov. 27 was the five-year anniversary of Joseph Duffy’s victory over Conor McGregor at Cage Warriors 39. Although both fighters have grown and changed since last time the two locked up in 2010, Duffy is as confident as ever that he can hang with the current UFC Interim Featherweight Champion.
“I would address the fight the same way I would any other: I would go in expecting the five rounds and I believe I can finish anyone,” Duffy told MMA Junkie. “I’m always looking for them opportunities, and the fight with Conor would be no different. I would be in there, and I would be looking for that finish.
“There’s nobody I fight that I feel I can’t beat in any area. I’m one of them people – I feel I’m an opportunist. I don’t go in there planning to do one thing specifically. I just go in and let the fight unfold and react and take what opportunities are given to me.”
The first fight has a special place in Duffy’s memory.
“I can still remember that fight quite clearly; it was my first fight back after the loss on ‘(The Ultimate Fighter 12),’” Duffy said. “It was a big fight for me. It was a big fight to get back into the swing of things, and it was my first fight on a show of that scale also. I remember the fight clearly, and I felt that was the start of me moving on to the next level. After ‘TUF’ I felt like I broke a few barriers, a few hurdles, that was hindering my game, and that was the start of me breaking all that down.”