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'My goal is to make the country proud' - Duffy ready for his biggest fight yet tonight in Vegas

There’s a lot at stake at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Source: UFC - Ultimate Fighting Championship/YouTube

FIVE MONTHS AFTER they were first matched up, the lightweight meeting of Joseph Duffy and Dustin Poirier is finally just hours away.

Their originally scheduled bout at UFC Dublin in October fell through when Duffy suffered a concussion, but it’s all systems go for tonight’s fight at UFC 195 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The bout has been allocated to the prelims by the UFC as a means of increasing subscriptions to Fight Pass — the organisation’s online broadcast platform — but aside from the main (Robbie Lawler versus Carlos Condit) and co-main event (Andrei Arlovski versus (Stipe Miocic), no other fight on tonight’s bill has received more attention.

In spite of its place on the card, the UFC have been giving this one the publicity it deserves, releasing several promotional videos throughout the week, as well as featuring both Duffy and Poirier in their Embedded series.

In this latest video — entitled ‘Born To Do This’ — Duffy details his journey from Cage Warriors title contender to professional boxer and then back to MMA. Eighteen months on from his return to the cage, the Donegal native has a chance to earn himself a place in the UFC’s lightweight rankings tonight.

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“We sacrifice a lot for this sport and hearing all the cheers, that’s what we do this for and that’s our reward. Irish fans get behind their own. I don’t think there’s another fanbase in the world like them. My goal is to make the country proud,” said Duffy.

UFC Fight Pass is the only place to see Joseph Duffy’s fight against Dustin Poirier tonight. A subscription will set you back €7.99 per month and the fight is due to begin shortly after midnight.

Duffy also reiterated what he told The42 earlier this week as regards his ambitions for 2016: “I’d like to think I’ll be looking at the lightweight title this time next year.”

Duffy’s acid test, Lawler’s world title defence and more tonight at the MGM Grand

Poirier and Duffy exchange views as they weigh in for UFC 195

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