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Joseph “Irish Joe” Duffy retires immediately after loss on Fight Island

The Irishman tapped out to Joel Alvarez in 145 seconds, and decided to call it a career immediately afterwards.

Joel Alvarez of Spain secures a guillotine choke submission against Joe Duffy of Ireland in their lightweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 19, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Joe Duffy headed into tonight’s matchup with UFC sophomore Joel Alvarez as a -335 favorite. He hadn’t won a fight since March of 2017, but a series of injuries had kept him from achieving his potential.

But he was upset by the Spanish sensation at just 2:25 of the first round after tapping out to a guillotine choke. And after the fight, he called it a career on social media.

Duffy is only 32 years old, and the man from Donegal, Ireland once made his countryman Conor McGregor tap out in just 38 seconds while starting his career at 10-0. But a series injuries, including a rib and a leg, has made continued fighting untenable. He also recently had a daughter.

Sometimes these things are said in the heat of the moment, and Alvarez is clearly a rising star that can fight at a world-class level. But sometimes a fighter knows when enough is enough.

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