A somber message from UFC fighter Joe Duffy declared his retirement from MMA following his loss to Joel Alvarez on Saturday.
“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,” said Duffy on his Instagram on Saturday night.
Duffy’s loss to Alvarez was a fast one, with the Spaniard catching Duffy halfway through the first round with a guillotine choke. The win came on UFC’s preliminary card for their “Fight Night” from Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
“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,” said Duffy in the conclusion of his post.
Duffy fought 21 times in his MMA career, including seven fights in Cage Warriors and eight in the UFC. His first win comes from early in his career, where Duffy defeated Conor McGregor before either fighter started their UFC run.
Duffy had lost his last three bouts, with his last win being in a matchup back in 2017.