Joseph Duffy may not have the flash or the flair that Conor McGregor possesses, but he is still the last mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter to defeat his fellow countryman (see it again here).
Now, "Irish Joe" will get his chance to be in the spotlight after getting pegged to headline UFC Fight Night 77 on Oct. 24, 2015 inside 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland (details). And he'll do it against Dustin Poirier, who seems to have found new life at 155 pounds.
Having already faced and lost to McGregor on U.S. soil, Poirier now takes his talents to hostile territory. As Duffy sees it, that factor won't likely affect his performance. Still, the long trip won't bode well for the American, as Joe is determined to make a name for himself at "The Diamond's" expense.
His words to Fighters Only:
"He wanted to be on the Dublin card himself, so I don't think that will play too much part. He's been on a tear at 155 so I think it makes the fight more exciting. He's found a weight class he's more comfortable at and it makes for a better fight. I've seen his last couple fights, I thought he looked a lot more comfortable. I know I've got my hands full in there, but I believe I'm one of the best fighters in the world and this is my time to prove that."
Poirier (18-4) made his transition back to the lightweight division after a high-profile loss to the aforementioned McGregor in late 2014. "The Diamond" has since recorded consecutive knockout wins over Yancy Medeiros and Carlos Diego Ferreira in impressive fashion.
As far as the pressure of headlining an event in his home country given the massive success of the previous event -- which was headlined by McGregor -- Duffy (14-1) says he hasn't had the time to think about it.
All he's doing is focusing on his fighting preparation and proving he belongs at the top.