Two UFC newcomers will make their debuts at Augusts’ UFC 102 in Portland, Oregon as heavyweights Mike Russow (11-1) and Todd Duffee (4-0) will clash at the event, according to a report from MMA Junkie:
Sources close to the bout told MMAjunkie.com the fight has been discussed and that bout agreements could be distributed shortly.
Duffee is an American Top Team-trained prospect who was originally scheduled to debut at UFC 99 last weekend against Mostapha Al-Turk. Unfortunately, Duffee was removed from the fight and replaced with Mirko Cro Cop just weeks before the event, in a move that Duffee himself didn't even become aware of until he read rumors on the internet. Now faced with a highly-touted prospect who may have felt more than a bit slighted, the UFC brass likely wanted to reschedule him as soon as possible.
Russow was initially set to make his debut at UFC Fight Night 19 in September, but with no opponent scheduled, and the newly-available Duffee looking for a fight soon, the UFC has bumped him up to the August 29th PPV event at the Rose Garden in Portland. A full-time police officer in the Chicago area, Russow has used his submission skills to great success over the past few years, with the UFC taking notice and signing him to a contract recently.