UFC star Joseph Duffy has paid a touching tribute to his uncle who died on Christmas Day via his own personal Facebook timeline.
Duffy’s uncle – Paddy ‘Neilly’ Gallagher was a well-known publican in The Rosses – and owned the popular Country Inn pub in Meenbannad.
Paddy sadly passed away on Christmas Day – just a week before Duffy’s latest UFC fight with Dustin Poirier.
As Duffy was immersed in training preparations for his fight with Poirier – he was unable to make his uncle’s funeral in Donegal.
Duffy posted the following picture (above) with the following text on his Facebook timeline today, “I didn’t get the result I wanted, but wanted to dedicate the fight to my Uncle Paddy.
“My thoughts are with Jim, Neil and Maureen.
“Sorry we couldn’t be there.”
Duffy narrowly lost out to Poirier in a bruising battle on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
Duffy produced a spirited performance – with his gutsy display earning plaudits from American MMA fight fans.
Duffy’s uncle was extremely proud of Duffy’s exploits in the Octagon before his death – and we’re sure despite Duffy’s narrow loss on Saturday that he’ll continue to be proud of his nephew as he continues to build his reputation in the UFC.