Joe Duffy insists former foe Dustin Poirier is ‘probably the most thrilling fighter’ within the UFC at this second in time.
Duffy and ‘The Diamond’ loved a sensational slugfest in 2016, with Poirier rising with a unanimous choice victory.
Nevertheless, the margins of the judges scorecards don’t inform the complete story of the combat, as each males went to hell and again and pushed each other all the way in which.
Duffy, a former boxer, utilised his putting abilities within the early goings however was taken down after Poirier realised he was getting harm on the toes.
Exhilarating rights have change into a part of Poirier’s large attraction within the sport of MMA, in addition to his unimaginable generosity and acts of kindness exterior of it.
After watching Duffy declare a 25-second win over Mitchell Clarke, the Louisiana-native made certain to congratulate his former foe in a cultured show of respect.
Now a former interim light-weight champion, Poirier is looking for to earn one other shot at Khabib Nurmagomedov as soon as the Russian concludes his enterprise with Justin Gaethje in September.
And Duffy couldn’t be extra pleased with the person he as soon as shared an exhilarating 15 minutes with within the octagon.
“I’m very impressed with Dustin,” he instructed talkSPORT.com “Each combat he’s in and the way in which he simply bounces again and appears to get again in there as quickly as attainable.
“I might say he’s probably the most thrilling fighter on the roster, typically the way in which he turns round to combat so rapidly.
“I’ll combat, get somewhat harm and it places me out for some time, however Dustin simply appears to get the accidents sorted and get again and you have to be impressed by a man like that.
“His tenacity; to lose a combat, however by no means quit is much like Michael Bisping. How will you not draw inspiration from guys like that?
“Who simply by no means fairly and preserve coming again and clearly it pays dividends since you actually do find yourself attending to the highest.”
The 32-year-old from Eire has skilled his justifiable share of setbacks himself, however has all the time risen again to the highest via his sheer grit and dedication.
And with an opportunity to finish his two-fight shedding streak on Saturday towards Joel Alvarez on Combat Island, Duffy is anticipating one other powerful take a look at within the UFC’s stacked 155lbs division.
“Effectively I suppose for me I all the time anticipate a three-round struggle,” he concluded. “I all the time anticipate the more serious after which it’s type of simple to regulate to once you’re anticipating the worst.
“Then, if the worst occurs, typically it’s much less dangerous as what you billed it as much as be in your head.
“So one thing alongside them strains like a tough, powerful, three rounds of grinding and I understand how powerful he’s.
“He’s a tricky man; in his final combat he hangs in there till the bitter finish after which he turned the tide and clearly acquired that win so I’m anticipating a tricky combat.
“Clearly he’s going to have some confidence after his final win; he’s younger and hungry so it’s going to be a tricky evening.
“There’s no simple fights within the light-weight division and within the UFC.”
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