Joseph Duffy is set to fight Mitch Clarke at UFC Fight Night 90 on July 7 as he will attempt to bounce back from his disappointing defeat to Dustin Poirier at UFC 195.
Duffy, who submitted Conor McGregor in his debut for the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship promotion back in 2010, has been tipped for greatness in the UFC.
When asked about the Irish lightweight fighter last year, Dana White was quick to offer the highest praise.
“Duffy is a well-rounded, explosive finisher, a guy whose stand up is literally perfect,” the UFC president remarked.
However, after starting his UFC career in fine style with first round victories against Jake Lindsey and Ivan Jorge at UFC 185 and UFC Fight Night 72 respectively, the 28-year-old slumped to a unanimous decision defeat at the hands of Poirier at UFC 195.
Canadian Clarke offers the ideal test for Duffy to start climbing back towards the top ten of the lightweight division which he believes he is destined to conquer.
— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) April 28, 2016
Big for a lightweight, Clarke has a tidy submission game and the differences in style between the two scrappers will make for an intriguing evening.
Speaking to independent.ie, Duffy said he is looking forward to the challenge.
“He’s been in there with some of the top guys, Michael Chiesa and Al Iaquinta so I know it’s going to be a good fight,” Duffy started.
“After the last fight, not that I was looking past Dustin, but it taught me not to look too far ahead.
“The road to the title is just one fight at a time and that’s the way I’m looking at it. I’m just concentrating on Mitch Clarke.”
UFC Fight Night 90 will be headlined by Rafael Dos Anjos and Eddie Alvarez and takes place in the middle of International Fight Week. The event will form part of the build-up to UFC 200 where Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier meet each other in their eagerly anticipated rematch.