UFC Veteran Joseph Duffy Announces His Retirement Following A Defeat At UFC Fight Night On Fight Island

Published 07/18/2020, 9:41 PM EDT


UFC veteran Joseph Duffy took to his Instagram post-fight at UFC Fight Night and called the curtain on his career. The news came at the sixth outing for the company under their decade long partnership with Abu Dhabi. The promotion’s schedule at Yas Fight Island has produced some high octane fights that have fight fans excited.

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The veteran UFC 155-pounder announced that he would no longer engage in active competition in MMA. The revelation came in a heartfelt post that saw the 32-year-old finally step away from the bright lights of the cage. Moreover, he was on a three-fight skid after a long hiatus away from the action.

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UFC Lightweight Joseph Duffy: A look back

The long time 155-pound fighter has a storied career both inside and outside the cage walls of the UFC. He entered into the promotion back in 2015 and experienced mixed results as a fighter on the roster. He went 4-4 in his UFC tenure with the aforementioned 3 fight skid coming beginning against James Vick at UFC 217.

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Before entering into the promotion, he experienced success in the Cage Warriors organization. His success manifested from a career-best victory over fellow Irishman and future UFC star ‘The Notorious‘ Conor McGregor. Moreover, his recent losses have only come against the elite divisional competition in Dustin Poirier and prospect Marc Diakiese.

The straw that broke the camel’s back was in his most recent fight that took place at the Flash Forum in Abu Dhabi. ‘Irish Joe’ would be finished in the first round of his scheduled bout against Joel Alvarez on the preliminary section of the card. Additionally, the news of his retirement came as no surprise given his long lay-off between fights.

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Most notably, Joseph Duffy will go down as a pioneer for MMA in Ireland with a hefty contribution made. His career which spans along over a decade has been a testament to his longevity in the sport. The fan-friendly scrapper leaves behind a legacy of competitive fights that the MMA community will cherish.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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