Duffee vs Anthony Hamilton Set For UFC 181

Published on November 29th, 2014 9:13 pm EST

Todd Duffee has certainly had an interesting ride over the past five years.

In August of 2009, Duffee made a memorable debut in the UFC when he knocked out Tim Hague in just 7 seconds. Duffee, with his good looks and Adonis-like physique, became one of the Heavyweight division's top prospects overnight.

Duffee made his next appearance in the UFC at UFC 114 in May of 2010 against Mike Russow. Duffee dominated Russow for 2 1/2 rounds and appeared to be cruising towards a lopsided decision victory. Russow, however, turned the tables and flattened Duffee with just minutes left to go in the fight. The win by Russow is still considered one of the most unbelievable in the history of the promotion, as he was getting absolutely pummelled until he connected with a clean shot on Duffee's chin.

Despite all of the hype, Duffee and the UFC parted ways after the Russow fight. There was some confusion over what had caused the split - rumors had Duffee asking for money to help pay for knee surgery. Allegedly the UFC balked at this idea and the two sides went their separate ways. This parting of the ways led Duffee to go public with the fact that he needed a second job just to pay the bills while also training to fight in the UFC.

Duffee would next pop up in a December 2010 tilt against Alistair Overeem at Dynamite!! 2010. Duffee was overwhelmed by the "Demolition Man" and was knocked out in less than 20 seconds.

Duffee disappeared from fighting for a year and a half after the Overeem fight as he dealt with injuries. Following a win over Neil Grove, Duffee returned to the UFC in December of 2012 at UFC 155, when he beat Philip De Fries via knockout in a little over 2 minutes. Duffee was back.

Unfortunately the comeback was shortlived as Duffee suffered another injury, in addition to being diagnosed with Parsonage Turner Syndrome. This forced Duffee out of action for roughly two years and he is finally set to make his return at UFC 181 against Anthony Hamilton.

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The bad news is that Todd Duffee has only fought five times over the past 5 1/2 years. The good news? He is still just 28 years of age and has plenty of time to piece together a successful fighting career.

A win over Anthony Hamilton at UFC 181 would go a long ways towards cementing Duffee's spot in the UFC.


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