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…
Joseph Duffy has some of the best boxing in the lightweight division. I hope he gets a top opponent next #UFCLondon
— David (@DareToTettey) March 18, 2017
Would be a shame to see Joseph Duffy leave #ufc. A really classy fighter
— James Dielhenn (@Jamesdielhenn) March 18, 2017
That was the final fight Joseph Duffy's current UFC contract and he'll end it with a win. He told me he's keeping all options open now.
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) March 18, 2017
Brilliant performance from Joseph Duffy. @ufc would be nuts not to give him what he's asking and sign him up again.
— Philip Brady (@philip_brady) March 18, 2017
Great & exciting performance from Joseph Duffy. I really hope the UFC offer him a better deal than previously and he resigns ASAP #UFCLondon
— MMA & More (@MMAMORE123) March 18, 2017
— The Tattooed Runner (@10KSarah) March 18, 2017
— Matt Parrino (@MattParrinoUFC) March 18, 2017
Joe Duffy is so smooth. Beautiful boxing. UFC sign him up!! #UFCLondon
— Alex Rea (@AlexReaSport) March 18, 2017
— Blue (@FitnessByBlue) March 18, 2017
30-27 or 30-26 Duffy. He looked fantastic against a guy who could've given him problems if his wrestling hadn't been on point. #UFCLondon
— Patrick Wyman (@Patrick_Wyman) March 18, 2017
— Niall McGrath (@niallmcgrath4) March 18, 2017