On November 27th 2010, two Irish MMA prospects Conor McGregor and Joseph Duffy squared off at Cage Warriors 39. McGregor had a record of (4-1) and was still new to the MMA game. Joseph Duffy was undefeated at (6-0) when he faced McGregor and was coming off a first round submission against Norman Parke. The fight was very quick with Duffy submitting McGregor in 38 seconds of the first round to a Arm-Triangle Choke.
Duffy would have a successful MMA career with a record today of (16-3) and signed to the UFC. Before his UFC career Duffy would compete in Cage Warriors with a record of (6-1) and would become Cage Warriors lightweight champion. Joseph Duffy also had a short boxing career finishing his career at undefeated at (6-0).
Conor McGregor although losing to Duffy would go on and become the biggest name in combat sports. McGregor would have a successful career in Cage Warriors winning both the Featherweight and Lightweight title’s and holding both belts at once. Conor would get signed to the UFC in 2013 and go on to become a two division champion. He defeated Jose Aldo for the featherweight title at UFC 194 by knocking him out in 13 seconds. McGregor would then go on to defeat Eddie Alvarez for the UFC lightweight title at UFC 205 by knock out. Repeating the same thing he did in Cage Warriors four years earlier.
Following the lose to Duffy, McGregor would go (15-0) not losing a fight in six years. All of McGregor’s wins in those six years were dominate performances finishing 14 out 15 of his opponents. Even though Duffy got the better of a young inexperienced McGergor that day in 2010, you could speculate that things might be different if they fought today.