UFC lightweight Joseph Duffy underwent successful shoulder surgery on Monday but it’s likely to be six months before the Irishman can even throw a punch in training again.
During an appearance on Severe MMA’s Talking Brawls podcast earlier this month, Duffy revealed that his shoulder had been causing him problems and early indications were that he had suffered a tear to his labrum. At that time, Duffy was awaiting the results of an MRI but he suggested that surgery was a possibility.
On Tuesday, Talking Brawls host Niall McGrath provided an update on Duffy’s condition via Twitter.
“Just on text to [Joseph Duffy] who had successful surgery on his labrum (shoulder) yesterday,” wrote McGrath. “It’ll be 6 months until he’s back punching in the gym. So, hopefully a return before the end of the year. Best wishes to Joe for a speedy recovery. One of the good guys!”
Just on text to @Duffy_MMA who had successful surgery on his labrum (shoulder) yesterday. It’ll be 6 months until he’s back punching in the gym. So, hopefully a return before end of year. Best wishes to Joe for a speedy recovery. One of the good guys! @SevereMMA @arielhelwani
— Niall McGrath (@niallmcgrath4) February 13, 2018
It’s another unfortunate setback for Duffy who suffered the first KO/TKO defeat of his entire career last November, just months after signing a new seven-fight deal with the UFC. The Donegal native got off to a decent start against the dangerous and on form James Vick at UFC 217 but he was subsequently finished late in the second round. The loss snapped a two-fight winning run for the 29-year-old Tristar representative who dropped to 4-2 in the UFC as a result.