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Joe Duffy Pulled From December Comeback Fight

The career of ‘Irish’ Joe Duffy has suffered another setback.

It’s been a year since we last saw the promising Donegal man in the Octagon. On that occasion, he was bested by lightweight contender James Vick.

That fight followed much deliberation about whether to stay in the UFC or test the free agency waters. Despite signing a new deal with the promotion, Duffy has yet to compete since this time last year.

The new UFC deal would have seen him fight again in early 2018, but a debilitating shoulder injury required surgery in February. It follows a concussion suffered the week before he was due to headline a UFC Dublin event against Dustin Poirier in 2015.

It was reported a month ago that Duffy would make his comeback at UFC Adelaide in Australia on December 2 against Ross Pearson.

That fight was set, but the veteran Brit was soon forced to pull out. Recently, a new arrival in M1 Global lightweight champion, Damir Ismagulov, was announced as the new opponent.

But per FloCombat, the dreaded injury bug has struck Duffy yet again.

The outlet reports that just a few days after the new bout was agreed, Duffy has been forced to withdraw from the fight due to a rib injury.

There’s no word as of yet on if Ismagulov will remain on the card that takes place just two weeks from now, but either way, Duffy’s return has now been postponed to 2019.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

Student whose interests lie in sports ranging from Darts to MMA, with the likes of Golf, Boxing and Soccer in between. Closet wrestling fan and a lover of sports psychology and stiff jabs.