MMAFighting reporter Ariel Helwani has confirmed with the UFC that Joseph Duffy will face Reza Madadi at UFC Fight Night 108 in London on March 18th, after an initial report from MMANytt.
Duffy, who started his UFC career with two straight finishes, a KO of Jake Lindsey and a submission win over Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Ivan Jorge, hit a speed bump in January of this year when he dropped a bloody decision to a surging Dustin Poirier at UFC 195.
However, the talented Donegal lightweight rebounded from his first loss in over four years with an impressive and extremely quick submission win over Mitch Clarke in July.
A couple of months later, though, Duffy revealed to the aforementioned Helwani during an episode of The MMA Hour that, while he was happy in the UFC, he was not satisfied with the financial terms specified within the most recent offer made to him by the promotion.
Earlier this week, MMAFighting confirmed that Duffy had still not come to terms on a new contract but that an agreement had been reached whereby he would see out the remainder of his current contract, before testing free agency.
The bout with Medadi will fulfill his contractual obligations to the company.
The Swedish-Iranian ‘Mad Dog’, Madadi, is 3-2 in the UFC. A submission win over Michael Johnson is the undoubted highlight of his stint in MMA’s premier promotion. Madadi heads into this fight on the back of a win over Yan Cabral, but by the time he steps into the octagon to face Duffy, that victory will be 10 months old.
Madadi was scheduled to face Rustam Khabilov in September but withdrew for undisclosed reasons and he also pulled out of a bout with Marc Diakiese, which was penciled in for the following month, citing an eye injury.