Former Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan made the big claims regarding Conor McGregor prior to Duffy’s loss to Dustin Poirier at the weekend.
Joe Duffy’s well documented victory over the Dubliner in 2010 appeared to have vacated the minds of the MMA world, with Conor McGregor’s world title win in December. This latest statement from Boylan though may reopen the conversation – if only to be met with derision by the McGregor camp.
Speaking to Sky Sports prior to Joe Duffy’s UFC 195 clash with Dustin Poirier, Boylan claimed that ‘those within the industry’ all knew that ‘The Notorious’ was avoiding ‘Irish’ Joe.
The rematch is a fight that Conor does not want, he wants nothing to do with that,” said Duffy’s manager.
“Everybody knows Joseph beats Conor in every way. Conor will hold out for as long as he possibly can before doing a rematch. Joseph made him look really silly, very quickly. There’s one guy is the UFC who’s got Conor’s number and that’s Joseph.”
Unsurprisingly, Boylan was keen to hype up his prospect, pitting him as the ‘yin’ to Conor’s ‘yang’, and again gushed about Duffy’s chances in a rematch.
“The crazy, dumb kids between 17 and 21 have all shaved their heads because they are Conor fans. But the older people are more behind Joseph because he portrays more of what the Irish image is.
“Everybody knows – the same way we all knew Holly Holm would defeat Ronda Rousey – that Joseph would run through Conor.”
Following their exchange at UFC’s ‘Go Big’ conference back in September, a future rematch between the two Irish fighters looked a real possibility, but with Duffy’s loss at UFC 195, the Donegal man will have to get back in line if he is to secure a ‘red panty night’.