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.
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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 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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