Joe Duffy will be headlining the prelims on Fight Pass against Reza Medadi this weekend in UFC London. He might not be the most famous on the roster, even if he’s 3-1 in the promotion, but he doesn’t need a push from anyone to be remembered. The reason being, Joe Duffy’s 38-second clean win over UFC superstar Conor Mcgregor. That’s something no one can take away from him ever.
It was 2010, and McGregor, a 4-1 upstart fighting in Cage Warriors FC, was predictably brash and self-assured. However, he was in the early days of developing the persona that has made him the biggest star in the sport today.
On those terms he battled Duffy in a lightweight bout and—to the surprise of those who know nothing of his work before being the face of the UFC—was convincingly dispatched. As seen in the video below, Duffy easily rag-dolls McGregor, stifles him on the ground and throttles him senseless.
Total time required? 38 seconds.
Of course, iron sharpens iron, you learn more from a loss and all that jazz. The Duffy setback did little to deter McGregor, who went on to win his next 15 bouts in a row.
Still, we’ll always talk about that time Irish Joe did a number on Ireland’s favorite son.
Credit: Matthew Ryder, B/R