Ireland’s Joseph Duffy suffered the second defeat of his UFC career tonight at Madison Square Garden, as he was stopped late in the second round by surging Texan James Vick the featured prelim bout of UFC 217.
Duffy, who just recently signed a new 7-fight UFC contract, got off to a great start in the fight, controlling the centre of the octagon and pushing Vick backwards. He found regular success with his counter right hands and with low kicks. The Donegal native also scored two takedowns in the stanza, sweeping Vick’s leg after catching a kick in the middle of the round and finishing a double-leg in the final minute of the session.
In the second, however, Duffy’s work-rate dropped significantly and this allowed Vick to grow into the fight. The freakishly tall 155-pounder found success with leg kicks of his own and some nice sneaky counter shots as the session wore on. One of those counters, a beautifully timed uppercut that landed as Duffy leaned in to throw a shot of his own, dropped ‘Irish Joe’ hard with seconds remaining in the stanza. Vick immediately pounced and began to rain down heavy shots. Duffy did appear to be moving from his back, but referee Todd Anderson felt he was taking too much punishment and dove in to stop the fight right as the buzzer sounded to signal the end of the round.
The official time was 4:59 of the second.
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Vick has now won three straight since a June 2016 loss to the talented Beneil Dariush and he moves to 8-1 in the UFC.
Meanwhile, Duffy, who was stopped via strikes for the first time in his career, drops to 4-2 in the promotion.
With Aiemann Zahabi losing via knockout in the opening bout of the show and Duffy falling to Vick, it’s been a bad night for Tristar thus far. Can Georges St-Pierre, the gym’s most famous product, turn things around when he challenges Michael Bisping for the UFC middleweight title in the main event?