The former McGregor foe has weighted in on Conor’s future.
The two infamously collided in 2010, with Duffy claiming victory in just 38 seconds via submission. Mentions of each other since have been fleeting, if uncomplimentary on McGregor’s end.
With both now in the UFC’S lightweight division seven years later, their names will arise in conversation due to their proximity. Indeed, Duffy’s Tristar teammate and UFC 217 headliner Georges St-Pierre believes the two will rematch someday.
On Duffy’s end, it’s understandable that he would want ‘The Notorious’ to stay in the 155lb. division and defend the belt against interim champion Tony Ferguson to restore order to a chaotic division. McGregor has yet to make a decision as to what he will do next, despite the gaping hole available that is UFC 219 on December 30.
“For the rankings’ sake, I obviously think Conor versus Ferguson is the right match, to legitimise them,” Duffy told MMAJunkie.
“You know where you stand and what you know what you have to do to get to the top of the pecking order.”
However, Duffy feels that McGregor has no obligation to do so, and completely understands if any of the more left-field options such as a return to welterweight, a Nate Diaz rubber match, or a boxing bout with Paulie Malignaggi occurs instead.
“Not really. Look what he’s done, he’s done amazing things. He’s won the featherweight. Obviously jumped up, won the lightweight. Conor goes to boxing.
But he’s done a lot of work himself also, you know. All the media stuff and everything else. Whatever his move is next, is going to be the best move for him and that’s his decision to make.”
As for ‘Irish Joe’, a match-up with the 11-1 James Vick is upcoming next weekend at UFC 217 in New York.