James Vick and Joseph Duffy, two UFC lightweight prospects with bright futures, will fight on November 4 at Madison Square Garden, New York, it was announced today.
The lightweight battle is the latest addition to a UFC 217 card headlined by UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping defending his belt against former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. Also on the card is the UFC bantamweight title fight between champion Cody Garbrandt and former champion TJ Dillashaw, as well as the UFC women’s strawweight title fight between Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Rose Namajunas.
Thirty-year-old Vick, 11-1, has won his last two UFC bouts against Marco Polo Reyes, a first round KO in May, and Abel Trujillo, a third round submission in February. In total, he has won seven of eight inside the Octagon; the sole loss coming at the hands of Beneil Dariush (via first-round knockout) in June 2016.
Duffy, meanwhile, 17-2, is an Irishman most famous for submitting Conor McGregor during their Cage Warriors days, but also boasts some very good UFC wins to his name. The 29-year-old has stopped Mitch Clarke, Ivan Jorge and Jake Lindsay within the scheduled distance, and won a decision over Reza Madadi last time out. His only UFC defeat to date is a decision loss to Dustin Poirier in January 2016.