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Joseph Duffy meets James Vick at UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden in New York


The UFC’s return to Madison Square Garden in November continues to build with the addition of a new lightweight fight.

Joseph Duffy (17-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) is set to take on James Vick (11-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) at UFC 217. UFC officials announced the new booking today.

UFC 217 takes place Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Duffy recently signed a new deal with the UFC and will be going after his third straight wins. The former Cage Warriors lightweight title challenger came to the UFC in 2015 and stopped Jake Lindsey with a first-round TKO, then picked up a bonus for a submission of Ivan Jorge at UFC Fight Night 72.

But in Jaunary 2016, Dustin Poirier took a decision from him and snapped his four-fight winning streak, as well as some of the momentum that came from being billed as, at the time, being the last fighter to beat Conor McGregor. After the loss to Poirier, though, he submitted Mitch Clarke and, most recently, took a decision from Reza Madadi in March in London.

James Vick

Vick has back-to-back wins in 2017, both by stoppage, and both in his home state of Texas. In February at UFC Fight Night 104, he submitted Abel Trujillo with a D’Arce choke in Houston. He called for a fight at UFC 211 in Dallas, and he got it. There, he stopped Marco Polo Reyes with a first-round TKO.

Those wins got him back on track after he suffered a knockout loss to Beneil Dariush at UFC 199 in June 2016, a setback that was his first as a pro after a 9-0 start to his career, including five straight UFC wins.

With the addition, the latest UFC 217 card includes:

  • Champ Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre – for middleweight title
  • Champ Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw – for bantamweight title
  • Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Rose Namajunas – for women’s strawweight title
  • Ricardo Ramos vs. Aiemann Zahabi
  • Paulo Borrachinha vs. Johny Hendricks
  • Curtis Blaydes vs. Aleksei Oleinik
  • Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Ion Cutelaba
  • Jorge Masvidal vs. Stephen Thompson
  • Corey Anderson vs. Patrick Cummins
  • Randy Brown vs. Mickey Gall
  • Joseph vs. James Vick

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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