Merrick Duggan Admits His MMA Return Is Just for One Fight

by Stevan Plavšić
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Merrick Duggan is set to return to Unified MMA after he has been inactive for the past 5 years. He will step back to the MMA cage to fight Tim Smith. The two clashed back in 2013 when Smith won their title fight.

Merrick Duggan not thinking about another fight afterward

“I’ve told myself and spoke with the promoter and whatnot that this will most likely be a one-off,” said Duggan.

“I will keep training after the fight, just because I enjoy that aspect, being with the guys, being on the mat, and helping them prepare for fights. I guess you can never rule it out, but as of right now I don’t have any intention of doing another one or anything like that.”

Speaking about his motivation to return to the cage and life after MMA, Duggan said:

“I stepped away from MMA and got into real estate and it’s kind of gone really well for myself.”

“I wasn’t really planning on doing a comeback or anything like that, but when the one fight with Tim (Smith) come about it was kind of intriguing.”

“I lost to him in our (Unified MMA) title fight in 2013, so it was a little bit of a cool challenge. We’ve both been on the couch, so to speak, for the past five years, so I thought, why not? I’m not getting any younger, and I think if I said ‘no’ I would have a bit of regret down the road, so (here we go).”

“I know in this training camp I definitely questioned everything, but I think that’s normal because I jumped in with the Shaved Bears, which are a very deep room with a ton of talent and world-ranked guys,”

“That was humbling in itself, but I’m a firm believer that iron sharpens iron, so I’m always going to bring it and always put the work in for the fight.”

“It’s getting the win back. My brokerage is doing quite well. I have a 16-month old daughter, so she’s a lot of my focus. I felt I was winning the last fight, made a mistake, and got caught, so it’s more just getting a win back and challenging myself one more time and just kind of scratch that itch.”

Merrick Duggan vs. Tim Smith 2 will take place in Enoch, Alberta, Canada on December 6.

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