Another two notable Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweights are getting the Madison Square Garden treatment.
UFC 217, set for Nov. 4 at MSG in New York City, will feature a 155-pound contest between American James Vick and Irishman Joseph Duffy. The UFC confirmed and announced the lightweight contest on Monday.
The 29-year-old Duffy may still be best known for the fact that he submitted UFC lightweight kingpin and MMA superstar Conor McGregor in November 2010, but “Irish Joe” has put together a 4-1 mark in his UFC tenure, most recently topping Reza Madadi via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 107 back in March. The Donegal native also holds Octagon wins over Jake Lindsey, Ivan Jorge and Mitch Clarke, his lone loss in his UFC run coming via decision to Dustin Poirier in January 2016.
Since his stint on “The Ultimate Fighter 15,” Vick has gone 7-1 under UFC employ, with his sole defeat coming to top-10 lightweight Beneil Dariush via first-round knockout in June 2016. “The Texecutioner” has since rebounded, taking back-to-back stoppage wins over Abel Trujillo via submission, then knocking out Marco Polo Reyes in less than three minutes this past May.
UFC 217 is headlined by MMA legend Georges St. Pierre's return to the cage as he steps up to 185 pounds to challenge Michael Bisping for the UFC middleweight title. Bisping-St. Pierre is just one of three UFC championship bouts set for the bill, as UFC 217 also boasts a bantamweight title scrap between former Team Alpha Male training partners Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw, as well as Joanna Jedrzejczyk staking her 115-pound title against Rose Namajunas.