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'Irish fans are going to be talking about this for a long time'

The promo for Joseph Duffy versus Dustin Poirier will whet your appetite for this weekend’s fight.

UFC 185 Mixed Martial Arts Joseph Duffy en route to finishing Jake Lindsey in the first round of his UFC debut, Source: AP/Press Association Images

TAKING CONOR McGREGOR out of the equation, this weekend’s meeting of Joseph Duffy and Dustin Poirier is the biggest UFC bout involving an Irish fighter to date.

If the Donegal native can defeat 12th-ranked Poirier at UFC 195 in Las Vegas on Saturday night, he’ll enter the upper echelons of the lightweight division.

“I feel like I’m ready for this. I feel like I was ready for this a long time ago. I know I can mix it with the elite athletes and the top fighters in the world,” said Duffy in this promo the UFC have released ahead of the bout.

“This fight is a huge opportunity for me. Dustin is a ranked fighter. Obviously he has already mixed it with some of the elite fighters in the UFC. It’s a big opportunity for me to really stamp my name into the UFC.”

Source: UFC - Ultimate Fighting Championship/YouTube

Duffy began his career in the UFC with impressive first-round finishes of Jake Lindsey and Ivan Jorge in 2015, but his progress has undoubtedly been accelerated by his status as the last man to defeat current UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor.

“The people that are not aware of the talent level of Joe Duffy are going to get a treat. He is a full and complete mixed martial arts fighter,” said UFC commentator Joe Rogan.

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As the UFC aim to increase their promotion of Fight Pass, their online broadcast platform, Saturday’s bout between Duffy and Poirier has been given an earlier time-slot than it deserves. Irish fans will subsequently be able to see the fight shortly after midnight on UFC Fight Pass — for which a subscription will set you back €7.99 per month.

Duffy added: “I’m 100% confident I can beat Dustin anywhere. I’m 100% [confident] I can beat anyone, anywhere. The Irish fans are going to be talking about this for a long time. I believe this is going to be my night… just because this is what I’m destined to do. This is the start of me making my climb to that belt.”

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