Unlike Gegard Mousasi, lightweight Joseph Duffy opted to re-sign with the UFC in free agency.
“Irish” Joseph Duffy is staying in the UFC.
The rising lightweight contender has signed a new seven-fight deal, according to his manager Graham Boylan, who confirmed the news to MMA Fighting. Duffy had planned to test the free agent market after his contract had expired, and did reject the UFC’s initial offer to keep him. In May, Bellator president Scott Coker did confirm that they were in talks with Duffy.
“(Joseph) is happy with the new deal and is looking forward to getting back in and being more active,” said Boylan.
The 29-year-old Duffy is 17-2 in his MMA career, with an overall UFC record of 4-1. His most recent fight was a unanimous decision win over Reza Medadi at UFC London in March. Duffy’s only setback inside the Octagon was by unanimous decision to Dustin Poirier at UFC 195 in January 2016. Of course, Duffy is also known for choking out current UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor in just 38 seconds at Cage Warriors 39 back in 2010.
Duffy currently does not have a fight booked, but it’s great news for those who want to see him take on the best in the UFC’s crowded lightweight division.