Irish fighter Joseph Duffy has been confirmed to fight at UFC London on March 18th.
The 28-year-old lightweight will compete against Iranian-Swedish Reza Madadi at the event in London’s O2 Arena.
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Rumours have been rife for a number of weeks now that this bout would be pencilled in for Fight Night 108, and indeed that has now been confirmed to be the case.
This will Duffy’s first time stepping into the octagon competitively since defeating Mitch Clarke after just 25 seconds in Las Vegas last July. Uncertainty continues to hover over his participation going forward in the
Uncertainty, however, continues to hover over his participation going forward in the organisation after a recent breakdown in contract negotiations before UFC Belfast in November, with some suggesting that after two years contracted to the UFC, this could be his last fight before entering the free agent market. The two parties recently agreed that he would see out his contractual obligation.
The Donegal native puts his 16-2 record up against 38-year-old Madadi (14-4), who himself is competing in a UFC bout for only the fifth time in nearly five years.
One of “Mad Dog” Madadi’s last fights was against Northern Ireland’s Norman Parke, whom he went the distance with at UFC Dublin in 2015 before going on to lose by unanimous decision.
As of yet, Duffy v Madadi is the biggest fight on a card that will also see Brad Pickett retire once he has faced off against Henry Briones.
Reports last week suggested that Corey Anderson vs. Jimi Manuwa was also a possibility at light-heavyweight for the card.