WITH HIS UFC future uncertain, Joe Duffy hasn’t ruled out a return to full-time employment to pay the bills.
The Burtonport native, who is now based in Canada, is 3-1 as a UFC fighter, but his future with the franchise is up in the air. Duffy’s contract has been extended and he seems certain to have at least one more fight, possibly in early 2017.
Beyond that, Duffy is not quite sure what lies ahead and isn’t satisfied with the terms he has been offered.
While a free agency is a possibility, Duffy has revealed that he may even go down the route of seeking employment to supplement his involvement in the sport.
“My dad is involved in construction, tunnelling and that sort of stuff. So it is something I actually thought about, getting sorted in something here in Montreal,” he told The MMA Hour.
“I feel, with construction, maybe if I got something set up and wouldn’t have to worry about the financial side of it, so then it wouldn’t be such a stress on the contract side of things and I could do it for the fun.”
In July, lightweight Duffy took just 25 seconds to overcome Mitch Clarke in Las Vegas for what was the fourth-fastest stoppage in MMA history.
All three of his finishes have been in the opening round, but Duffy, who lost to Dustin Poirier back in January, wants a better deal to secure his UFC future.
He pocketed a reported $40,000 dollars – including a $20,000 win bonus – for his win over Clarke.
He said: “I’m happy in the UFC and I feel I’m treated fairly and I’ve enjoyed working with them. The offer they made me, there’s no way I would accept that. Even if I lost my last fight I wouldn’t accept that.[adrotate group=”38”]
“I know a lot of people compare the different sports, and we’re getting paid nowhere near them guys, but another thing to tell you – I see some of the guys coming in who’s relatively experienced, fighting guys who’s not that experienced also, and getting paid far more.
“I don’t feel I’m a greedy person but I know to secure my future, and I’m putting my body on the line and my health on the line.
“One shot and it could all be over so I need to get to the point where I can start moving forward and my future isn’t a worry.”