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James Vick may have washed out of a season of TUF, but since then he’s amassed a pretty healthy 7-1 record in the Octagon. Joe Duffy is Irish, once beat Conor McGregor in the minor leagues, and in five Octagon fights has only lost a decision to Dustin Poirier. Giddyup!

Something about Irish boxing has their fighters so totally comfortable standing in the pocket trading punches, and that’s exactly what Duffy does, standing within an arm’s length of Vick to dodge kicks and punches and feed him knuckle sandwiches at every opening. The tactic works – usually Vick has is able to work his lanky limbs to his advantage and dictate range, so a gunfight in a phone booth stymies him. To put an exclamation point on the round, Duffy scores a takedown and spends some time on top.

For some reason, Duffy no longer has that confidence standing in the pocket, and he spends the second round fighting at the range Vick wants him at – a dangerous prospect because the fighter who controls rangeĀ forces the other one to do all the chasing. And then it happens, with Duffy coming forward to cover that distance and Vick nailing him with a well-timed uppercut. The Irishman goes down, and Vick rains down hell to earn the stoppage at the horn.


Results: James Vick def. Joe Duffy via TKO (Punches) at 4:59, R2