It’s been far too long since we’ve seen Joe Duffy in action – almost a year, to be exact.
November of last year saw ‘Irish’ Joe, who signed a new deal with the UFC after deliberating whether to become a free agent, face the difficult James Vick in the lightweight division.
Despite a good first round, Duffy eventually succumbed to the 6′ 3″ American, who was well on the way to title contention before a loss to Justin Gaethje.
The new UFC deal would have seen him fight again in early 2018, but a debilitating shoulder injury required surgery in February. It follows a concussion suffered the week before he was due to headline a UFC Dublin event against Dustin Poirier in 2015.
But now according to Damon Martin of MMAnytt, Duffy will be back in December against a British opponent.
The report states that a contest between Duffy and Ross Pearson is in the works for a UFC Fight Night event in Adelaide, Australia on December 2nd.
Sunderland’s Pearson is a veteran of 25 UFC fights, but unlike similarly experienced compatriot Michael Bisping, title hopes in the autumn of his career have been dashed. He has earned wins over the likes of Paul Felder, Gray Maynard and George Sotiropoulos over the course of his UFC tenure, but is 1-5 in his last six contests.
A resurgent Duffy with a lot less miles on the clock would be the favourite if and when the fight is announced, but Pearson has boxing skills to rival those of the Donegal man.
The main event in Adelaide sees local hero and former Rugby League player Tai Tuivasa face former heavyweight champion, Junior dos Santos. Mark Hunt is also present on the card.