In what can only be described as one of the most incredible things to happen in the history of MMA, Todd Duffee (7-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is back in the UFC. With Matt Mitrione fighting Roy Nelson on December 15th, it left British grappler Philip De Fries (9-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) without an opponent. Now De Fries has his opponent, and it's Todd Duffee. Case Keefer of the Las Vegas Sun broke the news earlier today.
Duffee, whose amazing physique can only be described through the "excited teenaged girl" type shrieks from men and women alike, debuted at UFC 102 where he took on Tim Hague. Todd made history by knocking out Hague in 7 seconds, which stands as the 2nd fastest KO in UFC history and only trails Duane Ludwig stopping Jonathan Goulet 10 minutes before the pre-fight walkouts.
The Duffee hype train went full speed ahead in the first two rounds of his UFC 114 fight against Mike Russow, but in the 3rd round Russow dropped Duffee with two right hands and then unleashed one of the most lethal hammerfists known to man to complete the miracle comeback KO.
Duffee was mysteriously released from the UFC afterwards, and to this day the reasons have never been publicly stated by the UFC nor does Duffee know why he was cut. Dana White has made statements about Duffee's "poor attitude" but nothing in the shape of an official reason. Nevertheless he's had only two fights since his 2010 release, one was a 19 second annihilation by Alistair Overeem, and in April 2012 he stopped former UFC fighter Neil Grove in 34 seconds. All jokes aside, Duffee will still only be 27 by the time he fights De Fries, and if there's ever a division in need of A.) Prospects and B.) Guys who are not in their 30s like over half of the current top 10, it's the heavyweight division.
All of Duffee's fights have ended in a knockout for either him or his opponent, and only Assuerio Silva lasted into the 2nd round out of Duffee's victims.
This fight with De Fries, whose only career loss was a 43 second KO against Stipe Miocic this February, will likely take place on the FX telecast of the preliminary card.