A single of Ireland’s standout fighters “Irish” Joe Duffy has retired from expert MMA. Duffy returned to the octagon previous night time at UFC Struggle Night 172, struggling a to start with spherical submission reduction by means of Guillotine Choke. His modern vocation has been plagued with accidents, and breaks. His previous battle prior to final night time arrived with a UD loss to British isles standout Marc Diakiese in March of 2019. Duffy, bows out as a single of only 3 fighters from the Emerald Isle (Conor McGregor and recently signed Rhys McKee). Duffy introduced this assertion on his Instagram just after the battle:
Thank you all so much for all your messages of support all week. I have been blessed on this journey in MMA and am genuinely grateful for just about every knowledge. I felt fantastic all by means of camp and even warming up, I believed I was back again to my former self then when I went in there it just falls to pieces. I think it’s time to know that I haven’t received what it will take any much more. Congrats to Joel Alvarez and thank you to the UFC for all the possibilities. I’m sorry I didn’t obtain what I established out to obtain for my fans, relatives, mates and myself but it just wasn’t meant to be. I am formally retiring from MMA competition.
Joe ends his profession at 16-5, (4-4 UFC). Phenomenal performances in Damien Lapilus and Julien Boussuge in European promotion Cage Warriors. His selection reduction to ex-interim champion Dustin Poirer and his finishes over Mitch Clarke and Ivan Jorge in the UFC had been also standouts. It is rare that we see fighters go away the sport on a large. Even less unusual that we see fighters bow out just before their time. Joe Duffy leaves the sport at a time in which he has supplied his all, and there is no disgrace in that. A globe-course fighter in his prime, a trailblazer for Irish and European MMA, and a credit score to his country and family in the way he carries himself. Duffy has and will proceed to encourage the next generation of fighters from the Emerald Isle.
Thank you to Joe, and enjoy the future chapter of your everyday living.