Joseph Duffy is preparing for action against Reza Madadi at March’s UFC Fight Night 107 event, it’s the last fight on his UFC contract. Duffy is actually happy where he is, despite becoming a free agent soon.
“I really am happy here, and it’s such a pleasure to go to the gym,” he said to MMA Junkie. “I can’t see myself ever moving back, and looking at this place, I probably will stay here. But if I am going to stay, I need to hire immigration lawyers, and that’s not cheap. I need to get that stuff sorted because every time I cross over the border, I get quizzed. I just don’t want to get to the point where they stop me and I can’t go training. I’m just going to see how the chips fall. I know how everything works with the UFC, so if I got the right deal it would be great. But I’m not leaning toward anything because, who knows – the other promotions could be just as good or better.”
As one of the last men to defeat Conor McGgregor, there's another organization that Duffy has his eyes on.
“Look, we’re still getting paid and doing OK, so we can’t be too ungrateful,” he said. “We’re getting paid to do something we love. But you know, when you compare it to other sports and look at the percentage the promotion takes and the fighters get, considering we are the show and putting it on the line, that’s frustrating. The Reebok deal changes a lot. I know some of the fighters were making a lot of money when the sponsorships were available and, with Bellator coming up with big shows, people are starting to recognize them as a legitimate competitor for the UFC. So, it’s certainly something I’ll be talking to my management about when the day arrives.”
UFC Fight Night 107 takes place on Saturday, March 18 from the 02 Arena in London, England with Jimi Manuwa and Corey Anderson headlining.