While history may remember Conor McGregor’s trip to Welterweight as a misadventure it does nothing to diminish his incredible achievements in the UFC so far. Arriving from Cage Warriors as a two-weight champ, McGregor made the step up in competition with ease. Not just stealing the show in the Octagon, but establishing himself as a true star outside of it, making millions of dollars in the process. Such stardom isn’t easily created or extinguished.

Joseph Duffy

“When I’m doing something, I’m doing it because I want to be the best, not just to make up the numbers”

The departure from MMA of 10-1 prospect, Joseph Duffy, appeared to be something of an enigmatic end to a promising young career. MMA’s loss soon became boxing’s gain, as the 26-year-old quickly amassed an impressive 7-0 professional record inside the ring in the space of a year. That Duffy left the cage on a deflating loss to Ivan Mursado back at Cage Warriors 44 in October 2011, seemingly played no part in the decision to make the switch.