Conor McGregor is maybe probably the most well-known fighter in UFC historical past and has a bunch of data and belts which may attest to that.
‘The Infamous’ additionally frequently options on the Forbes Wealthy Checklist due to his charisma and pay-per-view star high quality, added to his simple method.
However life was not all the time so rosy for the 32-year-old from Crumlin, Eire.
Lengthy earlier than the Rolls Royce’s, non-public jets and private whiskey manufacturers, McGregor was only a former plumber’s apprentice hoping to change into a celebrity.
In simply his sixth struggle, McGregor suffered his second skilled loss at Cage Warriors to Joe Duffy in 2010 – a former Final Fighter contender who was set to be Eire’s subsequent massive star.
Duffy would finally bounce again and make it to the massive time and followers can see hear him dwell in motion this weekend on talkSPORT when he takes on Joel Alvarez on Battle Island.
The Donegal man is a world class boxer, however was capable of make McGregor give up in simply 38 seconds due to an arm triangle – faster than Khabib Nurmagomedov and Nate Diaz.
“I can bear in mind the struggle clear as day, the whole lot about it to be sincere,” Duffy instructed talkSPORT.com
“I suppose I’m repeating myself right here, nevertheless it wasn’t an enormous struggle within the sense of like how individuals see it now. Clearly individuals see who Conor is now, however again then I had simply misplaced on the Final Fighter and for me it was only a case of bouncing again.
“It was about getting again on a tear, like I type of felt at that stage within the recreation I used to be in all probability a much bigger title.
“It was only a struggle that I anticipated to win. So for me, it wasn’t as massive as a deal as is seen now. However clearly it was win for me and begin to my subsequent tear, I suppose.”
The 32-year-old might be hoping to get again to successful methods on Saturday night time towards Alvarez, a Spanish fighter with 14 submissions to his title who has confirmed he belongs on the prime degree.
“Properly I suppose for me I all the time anticipate a three-round conflict,” he concluded. “I all the time anticipate the more severe after which it’s type of simple to regulate to whenever you’re anticipating the worst.
“Then, if the worst occurs, typically it’s much less unhealthy as what you billed it as much as be in your head.
“So one thing alongside them traces like a tough, robust, three rounds of grinding and I understand how robust he’s.
“He’s a troublesome man; in his final struggle he hangs in there till the bitter finish after which he turned the tide and clearly received that win so I’m anticipating a troublesome struggle.
“Clearly he’s going to have some confidence after his final win; he’s younger and hungry so it’s going to be a troublesome night time. There’s no simple fights within the light-weight division and within the UFC.”
Watch UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: FIGUEIREDO VS BENITEZ 2 from 11pm (1am fundamental card) on Saturday 18 July on BT Sport 1 HD or tune into talkSPORT 2 for dwell commentary from Adam Catterall, Nick Peet and Danny Roberts.