Popular Irish MMA fighter, Joseph ‘Irish Joe’ Duffy has decided to end his MMA career after an unexpected defeat he suffered this morning from Joel Alvarez, at the UFC Fight Night 172 event held on Fight Island.
He was motivated to make such a decision by the defeat that occurred after an incredible mistake, but the fight against injuries, which have actually been his toughest and most serious opponent for the past few years, probably also played an important role.
The 32-year-old Duffy arrived in the UFC in 2015, as a 12-1 Cage Warriors champion and at that point the last man to defeat megastar Conor McGregor. It was on this fact that his UFC story began to build, to which he further contributed through two impressive wins in his first two appearances.
But then came UFC 195, in January 2016, and his first UFC defeat, and two months later, the defeat of Conor McGregor by Nate Diaz. So at one point Duffy was left without the aforementioned status, but also without a string of undefeated in the UFC.
Duffy came back after that with two new victories, but then his bad period started. In November 2017, he was defeated by a knockout from James Wick, followed by a break of almost a year and a half. And while he didn’t look bad against Vic, he was unrecognizable in the comeback fight against Marc Diakiese.
He was defeated by a unanimous decision of the judges, followed by a new break of 16 months and a performance on Fight Island. He was a big favorite against Joel Alvarez, but he didn't justify it. In the middle of the first round, he started to demolish, only to end up in a guillotine grip like an inexperienced fighter, and he tapped very quickly.
Shortly afterwards, it turns out that this was probably his last fight.
Duffy is grateful for the support
"Thank you all so much for all your messages of support all week. I have been blessed on this journey in MMA and am truly grateful for every experience.
I felt great all through camp and even warming up, I believed I was back to my former self then when I went in there it just falls to pieces. I think it’s time to realize that I haven’t got what it takes any more.
Congrats to Joel Alvarez and thank you to the UFC for all the opportunities. I’m sorry I didn’t achieve what I set out to achieve for my fans, family, friends and myself but it just wasn’t meant to be. I am officially retiring from MMA competition." , Duffy wrote on Instagram. He ends his career with a ratio of 16 wins and five losses