One of Ireland’s standout fighters “Irish” Joe Duffy has retired from professional MMA. Duffy returned to the octagon last night at UFC Fight Night 172, suffering a first round submission loss via Guillotine Choke. His recent career has been plagued with injuries, and breaks. His last fight prior to last night came with a UD loss to UK standout Marc Diakiese in March of 2019. Duffy, bows out as one of only three fighters from the Emerald Isle (Conor McGregor and recently signed Rhys McKee). Duffy released this statement on his Instagram after the fight:
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.
Joe ends his career at 16-5, (4-4 UFC). Phenomenal performances in Damien Lapilus and Julien Boussuge in European promotion Cage Warriors. His decision loss to ex-interim champion Dustin Poirer and his finishes over Mitch Clarke and Ivan Jorge in the UFC were also standouts. It is rare that we see fighters leave the sport on a high. Even less rare that we see fighters bow out before their time. Joe Duffy leaves the sport at a time in which he has given his all, and there is no shame in that. A world-class fighter in his prime, a trailblazer for Irish and European MMA, and a credit to his country and family in the way he carries himself. Duffy has and will continue to inspire the next generation of fighters from the Emerald Isle.
Thank you to Joe, and enjoy the next chapter of your life.