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Neil Seery Retires From MMA On His Shield Following Competitive Loss In Glasgow

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 08: Neil Seery of Ireland gets ready to compete against Kyoji Horiguchi of Japan in their Flyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night 87 at Ahoy on May 8, 2016 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

The affable Dubliner bid farewell to the UFC and MMA following his bout with Brazilian flyweight Alexandre Pantoja.

Neil Seery didn’t do so in the manner he hoped, succumbing to a third round submission by rear naked choke, but he showcased the heart and determination that has endeared him to many.

The 37-year-old approached his seventh UFC fight in Scotland tonight in the knowledge that it would be his last.

Though the Team Ryano product acquitted himself well in what was a slugfest, losing the first two rounds but smothering Pantoja and not allowing him to rely on his submission base, Seery became embroiled in a ground battle in the final stanza.

Speaking afterwards, the Irishman was as humble and likeable as ever.

“I live to fight another day but just not here.”

Pantoja was suitably impressed with Seery, having just gone to war with him.

The loss brings Neil Seery’s MMA record to 16-12, 3-4 in the UFC.

‘2 Tap’s’ greatest moment arguably came in 2015 on a fateful night in the 3Arena in Dublin. There, the local lad defeated Jon Delos Reyes in front of a raucous Irish crowd.

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