Conor McGregor’s path to the top of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s featherweight division was far from easy, but he surely made it look like it was. “The Notorious” put his division on notice in his first octagon appearance when he knocked veteran Marcus Brimage out in just over a minute into their fight. He went on to dominate the likes of Diego Brandao, Dustin Poirier and Dennis Siver before winning the UFC Interim Featherweight Championship at the expense of Chad Mendes. The only man to bring him the distance inside the octagon was Max Holloway, who McGregor defeated by way of unanimous decision.
McGregor may be flawless in the UFC, but he is not without a loss. His latest defeat came when he stepped into the cage with now-UFC fighter Joseph Duffy at “Cage Warriors 39” in 2010. McGregor looked impressive in the fight but Duffy was able to catch him off guard in an triangle choke… it wasn’t long before the referee stepped in to wave the fight off.
Now, McGregor is looking for revenge.
“He was Welsh Joe, then he was London Joe, now he’s Canadian Joe, then he sees my success and now all of a sudden he’s Irish Joe,” McGregor said during a press event in Los Angeles. “I’d love to see him climb up and I will KO him stiff, just for the way this has all played out.”
McGregor doesn’t just want revenge for his loss; He doesn’t like the way Duffy’s mixed martial arts career has played out. He accuses Duffy of making excuses and being fickle. “I think he’s a journeyman,” McGregor said. “I look at his career. He lost his Cage Warriors lightweight title that I lost, he submitted in the fourth round, he filled his **** with excuses. He quit the sport. He moved countries, he changed teams.”
Duffy tried a career at boxing after leaving mixed martial arts, but McGregor believes he inspired Duffy to come back and cash in on “The Notorious’” hard work. “When I faced defeat, I put my head down and I grinded it and became a two-weight world champion in Cage Warriors and a UFC featherweight world champion,” McGregor said. “When he faced defeat he quit the sport and ran. Then he sees my success and my hard work and my drive and my dedication, and he decides to shave a shamrock in his head and calls himself Irish Joe and come back.”
Do you think we will ever get to see this fight? What is more likely to happen: McGregor falling to Duffy’s level further down in their careers, or Duffy earning the right to challenge him for his title? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!
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