Joe Duffy’s hiatus has come to an end after an agreement was made between himself and the UFC, which will allow the Irish fighter to become a free agent after his next fight in the promotion.
Although Duffy’s potential final opponent and fight date have yet to be announced by himself or the UFC, he is expected to compete in early 2017.
"I’m happy in the UFC," Duffy said on The MMA Hour, "I feel I’m treated fairly, and I’ve enjoyed working with them, [but] the offer they made me, there’s no way I would accept that. Even if I lost my last fight I wouldn’t accept that. I don’t feel I’m a greedy person, but I know to secure my future, and I’m putting my body on the line and my health on the line. One shot and it could all be over, so I need to get to the point where I can start moving forward and my future isn’t a worry."
Duffy last competed at UFC Fight Night 90 earlier this year, where he submitted Mitch Clarke in just 25 seconds of the first round, he is also not ranked at the moment in the UFC Lightweight Division.