Joseph Duffy took to Instagram last night to announce his retirement following a submission loss to Joel Alvarez at the UFC Fight Island 2 event on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.

Duffy’s record now stands at 16-5 after the loss to Alvarez on the preliminary card of last night’s Fight Island 2 event. It was a quick submission as Joseph was finished with a guillotine choke when he attempted a takedown on the Spanish fighter.

Speaking to his Instagram followers after the loss, Duffy said: “I think it’s time to realise that I haven’t got what it takes anymore.” Duffy also apologised to his fans, saying: “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.”

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The loss was Duffy’s third in a row, following a TKO loss to James Vick and a unanimous decision loss to Mark Diakiese, who also lost on last night’s UFC Fight Island 2 event.

Despite being on a three fight losing streak, Duffy began his MMA career with 10 straight wins, which included a win over fellow Irishman, Conor McGregor whilst fighting for Cage Warriors, making Duffy one of only four men to beat ‘The Notorious’ one inside the octagon.

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Duffy went on to fight for the vacant lightweight Cage Warriors title, however, this is where Duffy received his first career loss, as he was finished by Ivan Musardo through a guillotine choke.

Women’s flyweight number 3 ranked fighter, Joanne Calderwood commented on Duffy’s Instagram post to say: “You are an inspiration and we are all proud of you and I hope the guys at the gym still get to be around your awesomeness and your wisdom, you always brighten up the room.”

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Are you surprised that Joseph Duffy decided to hang up his gloves after his third straight loss?