Joseph Duffy - Official UFC® Fighter Profile
Joe
Duffy
16-2-0( W-L-D )
Fight Night Bonuses: 1 Performance of the Night

Fight History

Skill Breakdown

Charts are compiled based on results from 5 fights.
Record: 16-2-0
Summary: Well-rounded

Fighter Info

Nickname: Irish
From: Donegal Ireland
Fights Out Of: Donegal Ireland
Age: 29
Height: 5' 10" ( 177 cm )
Weight: 155 lb ( 70 kg )
Reach 73"
Leg Reach 41"

Striking

Total Attempted Strikes
0
337
34% Successful
114
Types of Successful Strikes
0
114
80% Standing
91
11
12
Striking Defense
53
%
The percentage of total strikes avoided

Grappling

Total Takedowns
0
0
Not Available
0
Grappling Totals by Type
 
 
Subm.
Passes
Sweeps
3
4
1
Takedown Defense
71
%
The percentage of total takedowns avoided
Result Fighters Event Str TD Sub Pass Method Replay Awards
Win
Joe Duffy
Mar 18, 2017
51
28
0
2
0
0
2
0
R3 Decision - Unanimous
Win
Joe Duffy
Jul 7, 2016
3
1
0
0
1
0
2
0
R1 Submission
Loss
Joe Duffy
Jan 2, 2016
72
37
4
0
0
1
1
0
R3 Decision - Unanimous
Win
Joe Duffy
Jul 18, 2015
8
7
0
0
1
0
0
0
R1 Submission
Performance of the Night
Win
Joe Duffy
Mar 14, 2015
6
15
0
0
0
0
0
0
R1 KO/TKO

Biography

Joseph Duffy’s UFC career hasn’t been a long one, but he’s proving very quickly that there’s more to like about Irish fighters than Conor McGregor.

In two lightweight bouts since joining the UFC in 2015, “Irish Joe” has two first-round finishes – a knockout of Jake Lindsey at UFC 185 in his debut and a triangle choke of Ivan Jorge at UFC Fight Night Glasgow.

Those wins improved Duffy’s MMA record to 14-1. But there’s more to consider: he has nine submission victories, four KOs and, incredibly, 12 first-round finishes.

He’s also the last man to beat McGregor, the current UFC interim featherweight champ, scoring a submission win in Nov. 2010.

Duffy, from Donegal, Ireland, began his professional career with 10 consecutive wins before sustaining his first loss, a fourth-round submission via guillotine choke to Ivan Musardo. He then inexplicably stopped competing in MMA.

“I think a lot of people were confused when I left the sport,” he told UFC.com. “Maybe some put it down to the loss. I just saw it as an opportunity to improve myself as a martial artist, and it’s an experience that I felt was very beneficial.”

Duffy turned to boxing, compiling a 7-0 record before injuries slowed his career and caused him to rethink his MMA career.

It was clearly a wise decision to come back. He returned to MMA in Aug. 2014, ending a 34-month hiatus, and scored first-round finishes over Damien Lapilus and Julien Boussuge. His continued upward trajectory since signing with the UFC has given Irish fans hope they might have another champion in the future

Duffy, 27, holds black belts in Japanese Jiu-Jitsu and taekwondo and a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. His striking is a major weapon, but his submission work has been spectacular. Against Jorge at UFC Fight Night Glasgow, for example, Duffy reversed an apparent takedown and turned it into a triangle choke.

At the pace Duffy is going, there’s much more of that to come.

TRAINING: A typical day of training consists of an early session and then training in the evening, working all aspects of MMA and at the minute a bit more specific to Reza's strengths and weaknesses.

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started in 1993. As a kid I was always interested in martial arts, so it all just stemmed from there. 

What ranks and titles have you held? Black belt in Japanese Jiu-Jitsu, blue belt in BJJ, black belt in Taekwondo.

Do you have any heroes? GSP, Wanderlei Silva and Mike Tyson

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? I've worked towards this since I was a teenager. It's a massive honor.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? No

What was your job before you started fighting? Construction worker

Favorite grappling technique: Waki Gatami

Favorite Striking technique: Power uppercut

• Pro since 2008

• Ten wins by submission (5 RNC, 4 triangle choke, arm triangle choke), four by KO
 
• 13 first round finishes
 
• Defeated Conor McGregor via submission in 38 seconds on 11/27/10
 
• Also submitted Norman Parke in the first round in March of 2010
 
• Has won five of six bouts since returning to MMA in 2014 after three-year layoff to box
 
• Had 7-0 pro boxing record

Career

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