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Joseph Duffy looked superb as he took just 25 seconds to win at UFC Fight Night 90

The Donegal lightweight rebounded from his January defeat to Dustin Poirier in spectacular fashion.

slack_for_ios_upload_1024 Jon Anik interviews Joseph Duffy after his victory against Mitch Clarke. Source: Tommy Lakes

JOSEPH DUFFY TOOK his UFC record to 3-1 (15-2 MMA) tonight in Las Vegas with a very impressive win against Mitch Clarke.

Duffy submitted his Canadian opponent after just 25 seconds of the opening bout of the main card at UFC Fight Night 90 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

The Donegal lightweight bounced back emphatically after he had been defeated via unanimous decision by Dustin Poirier at the same venue at UFC 195 back in January.

slack_for_ios_upload Joseph Duffy locks in a rear-naked choke against Mitch Clarke. Source: Tommy Lakes

Duffy, who started his time with the UFC with two first-round victories in 2015, wasted no time in adding another swift finish to his ledger. He has now taken 13 of his 15 professional victories inside the opening frame.

The 28-year-old dropped Clarke with a crisp right hand and then swarmed him with further strikes on the ground, before eventually taking his back and locking in a rear-naked choke, from which Clarke tapped with just 25 seconds on the clock.

Clarke, who was 2-3 in the UFC (11-3 MMA) going into the bout, was suffering the first submission defeat of his career. Duffy’s win was the first for an Irish fighter in the UFC since Conor McGregor defeated Jose Aldo last December.

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