FINALLY, THE tag has been removed from Joseph Duffy’s head.
Conor McGregor’s defeat to Nate Diaz in Las Vegas overnight means that Burtonport’s Duffy is no longer ‘the last man to beat Conor McGregor’.
Duffy, who lost out to Dustin Poirier in December in his last bout, is aiming to get back in the octagon in the summer, something he’ll now do free of the shackles of a tag that has been with him since 2010.
At Cage Warriors 39 at Neptune Stadium in Cork in Cork, Duffy defeated McGregor after only 38 seconds by way of an arm-triangle choke.
But Duffy has spoken of his desire to be known for his more recent exploits.
“I’m now starting to break away from that business of beating McGregor. It’s a title I’m getting away from,,” he said at the end of last year.
McGregor moved up two weight divisions for last night, going from featherweight up to lightweight. After Rafael Dos Anjos, the planned opponent for McGregor, broke a foot in trainnig, Diaz stepped in just 11 days before the fight and took the win through a second round submission.