Hey, did you guys know that Joseph Duffy is the last man to beat Conor McGregor?
Ariel Helwani spoke to Joseph Duffy on Thursday ahead of the Donegal lightweight’s exciting clash with Dustin Poirier, which is set for Saturday at UFC 195, and the fighter seemed in excellent spirits.
“Irish Joe” came across as relaxed and at ease despite being only a couple of days away from the most important bout of his career thus far. Rather than being intimidated or unnerved by the atmosphere surrounding the big occasion, a smiling Duffy told the MMAFighting journalist that he was “just lapping it up and enjoying every second of it”.
Helwani asked Duffy about the extended build-up to the fight with Poirier, about his health in the aftermath of the mild-concussion that accounted for the delay of the contest, and about what his plans were for the period following the bout.
Inevitably the subject of Conor McGregor eventually came up as well.
No fighter within touching distance of McGregor’s weight class can avoid questions about “The Notorious” one these days, even those who have no real history with him. Given that Duffy actually holds a victory over the current UFC featherweight champion, he has no chance of escaping such grillings.
Helwani first asked Duffy why he thinks he doesn’t attract the same raucous travelling support as his countryman, before quizzing him about a potential rematch with the sport’s biggest name.
Speaking of a potential venue for that fight, Duffy stated confidently that he feels he and Conor could bring big crowds to Dublin’s most famous sporting theatre.
“Without a doubt I feel we can sell out Croke Park,” said Duffy.“It would be like the Gaelic – Donegal vs Dublin”. Regarding a potential timeline for these events, however, the humble Ulsterman wasn’t getting too far ahead of himself. But he did express a belief that his 2016 campaign will get observers of the sport murmuring about a sequel to their now infamous Cage Warriors clash.
“I feel by the end of the year people are going to be talking a lot about that fight”. Helwani then asked “You think it happens in 2016?” To which Duffy responded, “I don’t think 2016. I think 2017”.
You can check out the interview below….