Five years on from his infamous victory over Conor McGregor, Joseph Duffy believes that although the ‘Notorious’ has improved, he still has his number.
The two fought in November 2010 under the Cage Warriors banner, with Duffy prevailing over Conor McGregor in just 38 seconds.
“It was a big fight for me,” Duffy told MMAJunkie.
“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.”
Duffy, who’s due to face Dustin Poirier at UFC 195 in January, is as cognisant as anyone of McGregor’s remarkable rise in the sport since the fateful night in Cork.
“Conor’s grown. He’s grown in confidence, and obviously his stature has grown as well,” he continued.
“I think he’s learned a lot over the years. His ground game has improved, his striking has improved, and he’s improved everywhere. He’s obviously a different fighter five years on.”
Asked about how an all-Irish rematch would pan out, the Donegal man remains steadfast that despite his boxing-induced hiatus from MMA, he is still confident of beating anyone – McGregor included.
“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,” ‘Irish’ Joe stated.
“I’m always looking for them opportunities, and the fight with Conor McGregor 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.”
You can see the full interview below courtesy of MMAJunkie.