Ever since he first signed with the UFC, the name Joseph Duffy has been heavily associated with that of certain other notorious fighter from the Emerald Isle. However, the Donegal native is proving to MMA fans worldwide that he is not a fighter who should be known for one result. Duffy is a legitimate threat in the UFC’s 155lb division and is very much on the rise.
His first performance in the UFC was a clinical one, using his powerful striking game to dispose of Jake Lindsey (who was a late injury replacement for Vagner Rocha) in under two minutes. After landing a hard head kick, he moved in for the kill and dropped Lindsey with a vicious liver shot that UFC hall of famer Bas Rutten would have been proud of. That was the end and Herb Dean quickly moved in and saved Lindsey from more punishment. It was an ultra-impressive debut win, but it only showed off a fraction of what Duffy is capable of. In the aftermath, there were some who preferred to question the calibre of his opponent rather than give him the credit he deserved. This past weekend, his opponent was Brazilian veteran Ivan Jorge: a man of whom no such questions could be asked.
Jorge is a stiff test for any lightweight. He holds a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and has trained under the tutelage the legendary Carlson Gracie. He is also quite large for the weight class, having competed for the majority of his career at welterweight with a good degree of success. At one point he was even considered one of the top 3 welterweights in Brazil. A move to lightweight was what really propelled his career though, and 6 straight submission victories at 155lbs earned him his call up to the UFC. Known primarily for his grappling prowess, “Batman” was expected by some to hold a slight advantage in that area against Duffy. But Duffy is a Japanese Jiu-Jitsu black belt with 8 submission victories prior to Saturday. With all taken into account, Duffy was installed as a heavy favourite for the fight with the general consensus being via knockout.
Almost as soon as the fight began, it appeared it was just a matter of time until those who put money on a knockout win for Duffy would be collecting their winnings. Duffy tagged Jorge over and over almost at will with his superior boxing and landed a couple of slightly unorthodox knees that badly hurt his opponent. With ease he shook off the takedown attempts of Jorge and continued to pick him apart. Jorge secured a body lock and brought Duffy to the mat, into what he believed was his world. Before he could establish any sort of position, however, Duffy grabbed an arm and slid his legs deftly up Jorge’s body with a slick transition to a triangle choke. Jorge got to his feet, still in the triangle, but it appeared at first that he’d be able to escape. But Duffy had other ideas, hooking the leg of Jorge and, using that as leverage, manoeuvred his body into a better position, locking it in tighter and forcing his opponent to tap out. Make that 9 career submissions for “Irish Joe” and his first UFC Performance of the Night bonus. In submitting a veteran black belt, Duffy sent out a statement: That he is dangerous wherever the fight takes place.
While his submission of Jorge will not have come as a complete surprise to those who have followed Duffy’s career to date, it was certainly an eye opener to fans seeing his ground game for the first time. With such a well-rounded game it is clear to see why the 27 year-old is considered to be one of the brightest prospects in the UFC. The obvious next step for him is a spot on the upcoming UFC card in Dublin, Ireland this October. The question is: against what opponent? He has teased a drop to the 145lb featherweight division, but he looks so impressive at lightweight that continuing his rise through that division makes the most sense at the moment. If the rumoured Gunnar Nelson vs Stephen Thompson is made as the main event at UFC Dublin, then it’s likely that Duffy would command co-main status. With that in mind, here’s one suggestion. Joseph Duffy vs Dustin Poirier. Both fighters are on a roll of late and both are finishers with well-rounded offence. Poirier also has some recent history with Irish fighters. On paper, this would be a fight that would get anyone excited to tune in. A stumbling block could be that the #15 ranked Poirier may want a ranked opponent for his next bout.
The only thing that can be pretty much set in stone is that the next time we see Duffy will be in Dublin in October. Training at Tristar gym in Montreal, Canada training alongside fighters such as welterweight title contender Rory MacDonald and with world-renowned trainers like Firas Zahabi, Duffy is only going to get better and after just 2 wins in the UFC, he is already knocking loudly on the door of the 155lb rankings. Make no mistake about it: Joseph Duffy is a serious force in the UFC lightweight division.
2017 IMMAF World Championships set to be streamed live on IOS and Android app
This years IMMAF World Championships in Bahrain is only 4 days away now and competitors from around the world are preparing themselves for what will be an extraordinary event and opportunity to make themselves known. The prestigious event is being hosted by the BMMAF under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
For fans around the world good news came today as they will be able to watch their favourite amateur athlete take to the cage in the Khalifa Sports City Arena via an app. The BahrainTV app will be streaming all of the fights live for fans to watch at home or even on the go on their phone. You can also keep up to date via MyNextMatch.com for all relevant info for the event.
The links for the BahrainTV app are as follows:
*Live Updates* UFC Gdsank Official Results
The UFC hosted their second event in the country of Poland, as UFC Gdsank took place at the Ergo Arena. The card was headlined by a welterweight fight between Donald Cerrone and Darren Till.
Cerrone (32-9) was coming off a close unanimous decision loss to former 170-pound champion Robbie Lawler in July. It was the only time in “Cowboy’s” MMA career that he had suffered consecutive losses.
Till (15-0-1) improved his undefeated record in September, defeating Bojan Veličković by unanimous decision. It was a case of old school vs. new school in this headliner, as the up and comer Till hoped to secure the biggest win of his career over Cerrone.
MAIN CARD – UFC Fight Pass – 8PM BST
- Donald Cerrone (32-9) vs. Darren Till (15-0-1) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Darren Till def. Donald Cerrone via TKO (punches) Round 1 – 4:20
- Karolina Kowalkiewicz (11-2) vs. Jodie Esquibel (6-3) – Women’s strawweight bout
- Result: Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Jodie Esquibel via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Jan Blachowicz (20-7) vs. Devin Clark (8-2) – Light heavyweight bout
- Result: Jan Błachowicz def. Devin Clark via SUB (rear-naked choke) Round 2 – 3:02
- Oskar Piechota (10-0) vs. Jonathan Wilson (7-3) – Middleweight bout
- Result: Oskar Piechota def. Jonathan Wilson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results
Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.
Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.
Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)
Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)
Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)
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