It was 5 years ago in November, the event was Cage Warriors 39: The Uprising and a fellow by the name of Joe Duffy (14-1) defeated the current UFC Interim Featherweight Champion “The Notorious” Conor McGregor (18-2) via submission by way of arm-triangle choke just 38 seconds into round 1. Since that defeat Conor has gone 14-0 with 13 by way of some form of stoppage and all ending before the 3rd round.
Even the fight and loss occurred half a decade ago, Conor still hasn’t washed his mouth of the taste of that defeat and now that Duffy is in the UFC, McGregor is salivating at the opportunity to seize his revenge.
“I think he’s a journeyman,” said McGregor at a recent media event in downtown LA, as transcribed by Dave Doyle for MMA Fighting. “I look at his career. He lost his Cage Warriors lightweight title that I lost, he submitted in the fourth round, he filled his s— with excuses. He quit the sport. He moved countries, he changed teams.”
“He was Welsh Joe, then he was London Joe, now he’s Canadian Joe, then he sees my success and now all of a sudden he’s Irish Joe. I’d love to see him climb up and I will KO him stiff, just for the way this has all played out.”
“He loses the Cage Warriors lightweight belt and quits the sport, blames a broken hand, moves countries, changes teams, changes sports,. Then sees my success, my hard work. When I faced defeat, I put my head down and I grinded it and became a two-weight world champion in Cage Warriors and a UFC featherweight world champion. When he faced defeat he quit the sport and ran. Then he sees my success and my hard work and my drive and my dedication, and he decides to shave a shamrock in his head and calls himself Irish Joe and come back.”
“I would definitely love to KO him stiff and put him in the ground or send him back to his other sport that he ran to after he lost.”
Conor McGregor fights Jose Aldo at UFC 194 on December 12, 2015 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NE. Duffy is slated to face off with Dustin Poirier at UFC Fight Night 76, Dustin lost to McGregor by way of TKO at 1:46 of the first round at UFC 178.