UFC interim featherweight title holder Conor McGregor has not tasted defeat since his submission loss to fellow Irishman Joseph Duffy at a Cage Warriors event in November of 2010.
Since “Irish Joe” made his UFC debut in March, talk of a rematch with McGregor has gained steam.
“Mystic Mac” talked about a potential rematch with Duffy in a recent interview with MMAJunkie:
“I’d love to see Duffy climb that rank; do I think he has it in him? I don’t. I think he’s a journeyman,” McGregor stated. “When I look at his career, he lost his Cage Warriors lightweight title – the lightweight title that I won. He lost, he was submitted in the fourth round, and he filled his sh-t with excuses. He had a sore hand, or he had this.
“He quit the sport. He moved country. He changed teams. He was Welch Joe. Then he’s London Joe. Now he’s Canadian Joe. Then he’s sees my success, and all of a sudden he’s Irish Joe. I would love to see him climb up, and I would KO him stiff just for the way this has all panned out.”
Joseph Duffy is set to headline October’s UFC Fight Night event in Dublin, where he will square off with fellow surging lightweight Dustin Poirier. If “Irish Joe” can earn an impressive win over “The Diamond”, then Conor would consider a move-up to lightweight to avenge his previous loss:
“I see him as a journeyman; I don’t see him making that climb, but we’ll see. It’ll be interesting,” McGregor said. “This a nice opportunity for him to go up and get up there. Let’s see how he handles Dustin. Dustin’s no slouch. Dustin comes to fight. Dustin is experienced. A lot of people think they can do what I do until it’s time to do what I do. It’s a completely different animal with all the media obligation, all the stress. It’s not just showing up at the gym no more.
“I’m interested to see how it goes, I wish him well. When the opportunity – if the opportunity presents itself – I will KO him stiff.”
McGregor explained that his gripe with Duffy stems more from his decision to depart and return to the sport of MMA than it is the loss he suffered to “Irish Joe” at CWFC 39:
“He loses the Cage Warriors lightweight belt and quits the sport, blames a broken hand, moves country, changed teams, changes sport then sees my success, my hard work,” McGregor said. “When I face defeat, I put my head down, and I grinded, and I rose up and became a two-weight champion in Cage Warriors and UFC featherweight champion. When he faced defeat, he quit the sport and ran.
“He sees my success and my hard work and my drive and my dedication and decides to shave a shamrock in his head and call himself ‘Irish Joe’ and come back. I definitely have my eyes on Joe. We’ll see how it goes, but I would love nothing more than to KO him stiff and put him in the ground and send him back to his other sport than he ran to after he lost.”
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