Ultimately evening’s UFC Struggle Island 2: Figueiredo vs. Benavidez 2 Joseph Duffy was handed his third loss in as many fights. On Yas Island, the 32-year-old Irishman was submitted by Joel Alvarez halfway via the primary spherical.
After the loss Duffy took to Instagram to let his followers know that this was in all probability the final time they might see him enter the Octagon.
“Thanks all a lot for all of your messages of help all week,” shared Duffy. “I’ve been blessed on this journey in MMA and am really grateful for each expertise. I felt nice all via camp and even warming up, I believed I used to be again to my former self then after I went in there it simply falls to items. I believe it’s time to appreciate that I haven’t received what it takes any extra. Congrats to Joel Alvarez and thanks to the UFC for all of the alternatives. I’m sorry I didn’t obtain what I got down to obtain for my followers, household, buddies and myself however it simply wasn’t meant to be. I’m formally retiring from MMA competitors.”
After a glowing profession within the UK and Eire regional circuits, which included a well-known victory over future UFC featherweight and light-weight champion Conor McGregor, Duffy signed for the UFC in 2015.
Duffy did battle in a UFC Octagon previous to this, within the tryouts for The Final Fighter: Group GSP vs. Koscheck all the best way again in 2010. Nevertheless, he misplaced that bout to eventual semi-finalist Kyle Watson.
His official promotional debut got here at UFC 185, the place he completed Jake Lindey by TKO early within the first spherical. Duffy then submitted Ivan Jorge, organising a bout with a younger, however properly seasoned, Dustin Poirier.
Poirier handed Duffy his first UFC loss (second profession loss) through unanimous choice. Duffy was the betting favorite heading into this match-up, however within the battle Poirier was capable of present glimpses of what he would later turn out to be; an interim UFC light-weight champion.
After that disappointment Duffy put collectively back-to-back wins over Mitch Clarke and Reza Madadi. These can be the final victories of his UFC run. In November 2017 Duffy suffered the primary TKO stoppage of his profession, by the hands of James Vick. After this he misplaced to Marc Diakiese, by choice, at UFC Struggle Night time: Until vs. Masvidal.
If that is the top of Duffy’s profession he walks away from the game with a professional report of 16-5.