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UFC pays emotional tribute as an unsung hero of Irish sport prepares to bid farewell

“It’s hard to walk away… but everything comes to an end.”

TEN MONTHS AFTER he first announced his intention to retire, mixed martial arts veteran Neil Seery will finally bring the curtain down on his career this weekend.

The 37-year-old Dubliner has said that Sunday night’s bout against Alexandre Pantoja at UFC Fight Night 113 in Glasgow will be his last.

Neil Seery Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Seery (16-12) made his professional debut in 2005 and went on to become one of Ireland’s most successful MMA fighters. His retirement fight was due to be against Ian McCall — first in November, then in February — but the bout fell through on both occasions.

Although he never reached the heights of Conor McGregor, the Finglas native has won plenty of admirers thanks to his fearless, all-or-nothing approach to competing.

He was signed by the UFC in 2014 after becoming the first ever Cage Warriors flyweight champion. Under the UFC banner, Seery went on to defeat Phil Harris, Chris Beal and Jon Delos Reyes.

As he prepares to make the walk to the octagon this weekend for the final time, the UFC have released the following video to pay tribute to Seery.

A welterweight bout between Gunnar Nelson and Santiago Ponzinibbio headlines Sunday evening’s card at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow.

Charlie Ward, Nelson’s team-mate at SBG Ireland, will also feature on the bill. Ward is set to face Galore Bofando.

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