It was a rough couple of weeks for Joseph Duffy. Just over a year after he ended his sabbatical from MMA he found himself 2-0 in the UFC and on the cusp of main eventing his very first UFC event, in his native land too.
But disaster struck and in his final sparring session in his fight camp at Tristar in Canada he suffered a concussion. He still wanted to fight but the medical team at the UFC wisely wouldn’t allow it. The sombre feeling around the fighter hotel opposite the 3Arena in Dublin when the news was announced dampened to moods of the fans, media and fighters present. But it was Duffy and Poirier who were most affected by the cancellation.
On the outside of the situation looking in was Conor McGregor and ‘The Notorious’ took his opportunity to lay in a dig at his rival Joseph Duffy over the injury by tweeting the following:
In an interview published recently on the 42.ie Duffy responded to McGregor’ tweet. Speaking to Irish journalist Paul Dollery, Duffy said that McGregor is still smarting about the loss he handed him a few years ago and that it says a lot about him as a person to kick a man when he is down.
“That didn’t surprise me in the least. Any opportunity Conor gets to have a little dig, he’s going to have one. We know what his beef is. He’s still got that thorn in his side over me beating him.
“If Conor is willing to kick a man when he’s down it says more about him than it does about me. As always, I’ll leave him to it and do my own thing. His opinion doesn’t really matter. I don’t really care what he has to say.
“It’s only a matter of time before all this stuff comes back to bite him in the ass. If we fight, I’ll do my talking in the octagon. I’ll prove it on the night, not on Twitter.”
Click here to read the full interview.