'Irish' Joe Duffy has looked sensational in his first two UFC bouts, and will look to continue his impressive run of form on Saturday night when he takes on Dustin 'The Diamond' Poirier on the Fight Pass prelims for UFC 195.
Duffy has been conducting his media obligations with a smile and a positive attitude all week, but he will finally get to throw down on what promises to be a highly entertaining night for fans of MMA at an earlier time than usual.
We know that there's a buzz building for Joe on these shores, but just in case you had other plans, here's why you need to find yourself in front of a screen when he takes to the octagon.
It's On At A Very Reasonable Time
Many of Duffy's fans were upset when they heard the news that this fight was on the Fight Pass prelims, as this could easily be a main-cart fight, and while they are right, there's a good reason why it's on when it is.
Duffy Vs Poirier will likely take place at 12:30am on Sunday morning (it could be at midnight depending on the outcome of the fights beforehand), which is a refreshing break for those who struggle to stay up until the early morning to watch Irish fighters in Las Vegas.
No excuses to leave this one until the next morning.
You Can Watch It For Free On UFC Fight Pass
If you're not a UFC Fight Pass subscriber, then you can sign up for a 30 day free trial ahead of tomorrow's action. And if you are a subscriber already.. Then you can watch the fight as usual.
Once the prelims are over, then BT Sport/Setanta Sports will be broadcasting the undercard from 1am, and then the main card from 3am Irish time.
A Win Will Surely Earn Joe A Matchup With A Top 10 Opponent
Duffy has easily dispatched the fighters placed in front of him so far in his UFC career, KOing Jake Lindsey with a body-punch and then submitting Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Ivan Jorge, but Poirier represents a real challenge for the Donegal native.
Should Joseph prevail, like we hope he does, then his next fight will likely be against a Top 10 ranked lightweight opponent (Poirier is currently ranked #12 in the division). This would see Duffy in the mixup for title contention should he win that next fight.
Dustin Poirier Is A Very Exciting Fighter Too
Although he lasted roughly eight times as long as Jose Aldo in the octagon with Conor McGregor, if that was the only time you have seen Dustin Poirier fight then you won't have had a chance to see what he can do.
Since moving up to lightweight, The Diamond has looked extremely impressive and fights in the type of style that the fans love to see. Both men match up well for a cracker of a fight.
Both Men Are Relaxed, And In Fantastic Form
The mutual respect between both fighters in the build-up to this fight means that both men will be focused purely on the task at hand, with no emotions dictating how they approach the opening exchanges.
Joseph Duffy has been a pleasure to watch in his pre-fight interviews, and is the measure of tranquility ahead of Saturday night. Poirier too is an entirely different entity to the angry man who was determined to shut Conor McGregor up, but aside from how they look this week, their form is truly exciting.
As we mentioned earlier, Duffy is 2-0 with two finishes in the UFC, while Poirier bounced back from his loss to McGregor by claiming two first-round finishes after moving up a division.
This one has all the makings of a truly memorable fight, so make sure you don't miss it.