Not many fighters go from being on the UFC Fight Pass portion of a pay-per-view preliminary card to being a main event in just two fights, but that is exactly what Joseph Duffy has done. Granted, this is a UFC Fight Night card that will only be broadcast on UFC Fight Pass and it is taking place in his home country but that fact he is a headliner after two win is still impressive.

After compiling an impressive 12-1 record on the European MMA circuit, Duffy was awarded a UFC contract and all he has done to this point is win bouts in impressive fashion. But while Duffy’s UFC performances have help to put him in this situation, the real reason he is being granted this opportunity so soon in his UFC career has to do with something he did nearly five years ago.

Back at Cage Warriors 39: The Uprising in November of 2010, Duffy submitted recently crowned interim UFC featherweight champion, Conor McGregor in just 38 seconds. That’s right, the same McGregor who has won 14 fights since and who has become one of the UFC’s biggest stars.

When Duffy first joined the UFC, he was just seen as the last guy to beat McGregor. But now after two incredibly dominant performances, people are beginning to wonder whether or not Duffy is real deal. That fact of the matter is he is and he will prove that on Saturday against former top five featherweight Dustin Poirier.

Up until now, Duffy has been riding a hype train; this bout at UFC Fight Night 76 to show the world that he is a force to be reckoned with. Poirier is an incredibly dangerous fighter with knockout power in his hands and a slick submission game. Since moving up to lightweight earlier this year, Poirier has notched two impressive first round knockout victories.

As good as Poirier is, fighting in front of his countrymen Duffy should be and will be better in all aspects of the game. Poirier is a tough and experienced fighter, so don’t expect this one to be over quickly, but do expect to see the best you’ve seen from Duffy so far.

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.