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Twitter Reacts To Joseph Duffy’s Dominant Win Over Reza Madadi At UFC London

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 18: Joe Duffy of Ireland celebrates his victory over Reza Madadi of Iran in their lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at The O2 arena on March 18, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

UFC commentators John Gooden and Dan Hardy spent much of the three-round fight between Joseph Duffy and Reza Madadi at UFC London gushing about the Irishman’s technical ability. Gooden called Duffy “mesmeric” and Hardy expressed his desire to see the Tristar representative rematch old foe Conor McGregor.

Their compliments were warranted.

Duffy started the fight by demonstrating to Madadi that his chances on the feet were limited and the Iranian-born Swede intelligently decided to take the fight to the mat early on. He scored a nice take down but when he attempted to slam Duffy a second time moments later, the Donegal native used the momentum to bring about a reversal and take top position. From there Duffy controlled the rest of the round and a salvo of elbows that he landed in the dying seconds opened a nasty cut on Madadi’s forehead.

In the second, Madadi, struggling to see through a stream of claret, was unable to penetrate Duffy’s takedown defence and he was picked apart on the feet. Duffy looked effortlessly smooth, slinging out stinging right hands, throwing leg kicks, sublime switch knees, and mixing frequently between body and head.

The third was more of the same and Duffy was declared a unanimous decision winner at the bout’s end.

With this fight, Duffy has fulfilled his contractual obligation to the UFC and he will test free agency after the promotion refused to make him a satisfactory offer. That the UFC has allowed this to happen is a real shame. This is a fighter who deserves to compete at the highest level. Hopefully the promotion’s head-honchos will feel compelled to make the 29-year-old a better offer after seeing this performance.

While Duffy progressed to 16-2 and 4-1 in the UFC, Madadi, who has still never been stopped as a pro, dropped to 14-5 and 3-3 in the world’s leading MMA promotion.

Below is a sample of the reaction to Duffy’s performance on Twitter…

 

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