The Irish invasion continues.

On Monday morning, the UFC announced a lightweight matchup between Irish prospect Joseph Duffy and Vagner Rocha has officially been added to UFC 185 in March.

Duffy( 12-1), who will be  making his UFC debut, is widely known as the last man to defeat current Irish sensation Conor McGregor when he slapped on a tight armbar just 38 seconds into their Cage Warrios FC 39 matchup back in 2010.  He would eventually rattled off three more victories, pushing his win streak 10 straight to kick off his professional career. He also earned a first round submission over current UFC lightweight Norman Parke. Following his first professional loss, Duffy took  a three year hiatus to purse a boxing career before returning in 2014 with back-to-back stoppage wins.

Rocha (11-4) will enter this bout looking to get back into the win column after being handed a second round submission loss to Jake Matthews at UFC Fight Night 55 in November. This setback not only snapped Rocha’s four fight win streak, but also marked his second straight stoppage loss under the UFC banner. He previously earned a UFC record of 1-2 in his initial run with the company.

UFC 185 is currently scheduled to take place on March 15 at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, TX. A lightweight title fight between reigning champion Anthony Pettis and the surging Brazilian Rafael dos Anjos will serve as the headlining act while a women’s strawweight title fight between recently crowned champ Carla Esparza and Joanna Jedrzejczyk will serve as the co-main event.

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