Donegal's Joseph Duffy made a spectacular start to his UFC career tonight in Dallas

The 27-year-old lightweight defeated Jake Lindsey with a first-round TKO.

JOSEPH DUFFY HAS become the latest Irish fighter to taste victory in the UFC, and he did so in incredible fashion.

The Donegal native fought Jake Lindsey tonight at UFC 185 at the American Airlines Centre in Dallas, Texas. And it didn’t last very long.

Duffy, looking relaxed and displaying no signs of debut jitters, dominated from the very start, taking the centre of the cage and picking off his opponent with an accomplished striking game that was sharpened during a 7-0 stint as a professional boxer in 2013.

The 27-year-old hurt Lindsey with some nice combinations, before eventually rocking his American opponent with a fantastic head-kick.

Duffy followed up with strikes as Lindsey ducked for cover, before referee Herb Dean brought the fight to an end after 1:47 of the first round.

“That’s the perfect start. Hopefully it’ll keep going that way,” Duffy told the assembled media afterwards.

“Earlier on today I was a bit more anxious than normally, but once I got in the locker room I was probably as calm as I’ve ever been. Same once I was in the cage. I felt at home. I just feel comfortable here.”

Inevitably, Duffy was also asked about his history with Conor McGregor, who he defeated in a Cage Warriors bout in Cork back in 2010.

Duffy said: “This is the start of my UFC career so it’s my job to create my own path. This is what I’ve got to do, this is the start of it.

“People are going to make a big deal of it, even if it was four or five years ago. It’s no big deal to me. To be honest, it’s all in the past. I’m looking forward, I’m not looking backwards.

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“I’m just going to do as I’m told. I’m here to fight, I’m not here to ask questions. Whoever’s put in front of me, that’s who I’ve got to beat.”

Duffy, who reiterated his plans to explore the possibility of joining McGregor in the featherweight division, also predicted that his former opponent will defeat Jose Aldo “inside three” rounds when the pair clash at UFC 189 in July for Aldo’s UFC title.

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