Joe Duffy willing to test free agency

He fought the final fight of his contract at UFC London

BY Simon Maguire 15:20 Tuesday 21 March 2017, 15:20 21 Mar 2017

Joseph Duffy. Image: ©INPHO/Gary Carr

Joe Duffy won a unanimous decision against Reza Madadi at UFC London in what was the final fight of his current contract at the weekend.

He had previously reached an impasse with the promotion about his new deal and is now allowed to test the free agency market as he looks to continue his professional career. 

Speaking on the MMAHour, "Irish Joe" said: "The opportunity came up for a fight in London and obviously the opponent got offered and that's where we reached an agreement and I was glad to get a fight closer to home and obviously to get back in there.

"I think I'd be lying if I said I didn't feel the pressure. Certainly through camp, every session felt like it mattered a bit more. Even fight week, it was slightly different. There was definitely a different feel to it. The pressure was there in the background."

Duffy has fought five times in the UFC so far with a record of 4-1 and of course holds a submission victory over current lightweight champion Conor McGregor from their time together in Cage Warriors.

Looking ahead to what the future holds, Duffy said: "We'll have to wait and see. I've come this far and I'm definitely going to test the free agency. I'm going to see what offers come in. I believe it's something like 90 days before I can speak to another promotion.

"Obviously I know the UFC has a window now where they can make some offers so who knows what they'll make. I'm just going to wait and see" he added.  

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