‘Irish’ Joe Duffy signs a new deal with UFC 

UFC lightweight contender Joseph Duffy isn’t going anywhere. While many had speculated the Donegal native could be leaving for Bellator after encountering difficulties in negotiating a new contract with the UFC – Duffy has now signed a new deal with the promotion that will keep him there for his next seven fights.

Duffy, 29, is fresh off the back of a unanimous decision win over Reza Madadi at UFC Fight Night 107, in London earlier this year. This was a victory that pushed his record in the UFC to 4-1, with his only loss coming against veteran Dustin Poirier. Duffy is now the proud owner of three UFC finishes, and a Performance of the Night bonus for his submission win against Ivan Jorge.

So what made the Irish prospect choose to remain wit the UFC, despite The recent trend of talent, including team mate Rory McDonald, leaving for Bellator?

It seems there was a number of factors that led him to make this decision, including the UFC’s involvement with the USADA drug testing program.

“I just feel that the UFC is the place for me right now.” Said Duffy in a recent interview.

“Obviously, with the USADA program (at UFC) too, that’s something that’s very important to me. That’s something I’m really for. All of these factors came into play, but I feel like the offer I got from the UFC was very good.”

“I’m just looking forward to getting busy now. For the last while, I’ve just been really honing my skills. I took a bit of time to make sure that I’ve been getting up to speed, but now it’s time to get to work.”

“That’s one of the reasons I signed the seven-fight deal. If I signed for the seven fights I can get a little bit more active. I want to get at least three fights a year and just blast into it.”

“With the position I’m in now, as I said, I want to get active and that’s one of the reasons that the seven-fight deal was more to my liking.

“I’m up there now, I’m 29, I’m at the age where I need to start making my mark.”

Seven fights will be more than enough time for him to hone his skills under Firas Zahabi at Tristar Gym, and make a run at the UFC belt.

While Duffy’s next Octagon appearance has yet to be announced, it seems likely that the Irishman will make his return to the octagon by the end of 2017.