December 6, 1985 |
Evansville, Indiana, USA
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||249 lb (113 kg; 17 st 11 lb)|
|Division||Heavyweight (265 lb)|
|Reach||78 in (198 cm)|
|Fighting out of||San Jose, California|
|Team||American Kickboxing Academy|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||University of Georgia|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Todd Duffee (born December 6, 1985) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He trains with the world renowned American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California and has also competed in the Super Fight League in India, Jungle Fight in Brazil, and Dynamite!! 2010 in Japan. In addition to his mixed martial arts career he had a prominent role in the 2010 film Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown. Duffee has also appeared on the front cover of Muscle & Fitness magazine.
- 1 Background
- 2 Mixed martial arts
- 3 Movies
- 4 Championships and accomplishments
- 5 Mixed martial arts record
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Duffee was born in Evansville, Indiana but grew up in Raleigh, Illinois as the third son of a coal miner father and nurse mother. Duffee played many sports growing up, including baseball, football, track, soccer, and basketball. Duffee also began training in boxing but was not very devoted to it as he was playing other sports. A standout football player, he was signed on to play college football but his career was derailed from an injury. Duffee then moved to Atlanta, Georgia when he was 18 years old and continued boxing, before watching a UFC event and shifting his training to mixed martial arts. He was working on a degree from the University of Georgia before leaving to train MMA full-time.
Mixed martial arts
Duffee won his first three fights against Mike Walbright, Mark Haniger and Josh Bennett. Duffee then agreed to fight UFC and PRIDE FC veteran, Assuerio Silva in the main event of Jungle Fights 11. Duffee dominated the fight and won by knockout in the second round.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Duffee was set to make his UFC debut against Mostapha Al Turk at UFC 99 until the UFC pulled Duffee from the fight. Duffee was replaced by Mirko Filipović. He was next announced by the UFC to face fellow UFC newcomer Mike Russow however Duffee was then pulled from that match to face Tim Hague.
Duffee fought at UFC 102 on the preliminary card against Tim Hague, Duffe set an UFC record for the fastest KO by knocking out Hague in only seven seconds after throwing a stiff jab that knocked Hague down. After he knocked Hague out, he celebrated to the camera by saying "That was an appetizer, I want to eat now Dana, let me eat!"
Duffee fought Mike Russow at UFC 114 in which he lost via KO in the third round. Prior to the fight Duffee went on record to say that he was being overhyped by the MMA world, while his opponent was very much underrated. After dominating the first two rounds by utilizing his boxing, Duffee looked to be on his way to a unanimous decision win, when from out of nowhere, Russow caught Duffee with two straight right hands followed by a hammerfist that prompted the referee to stop the fight as Duffee laid unconscious on the canvas. Joe Rogan stated that the nature of the knockout was "like something out of a movie" and was "one of the greatest comebacks in UFC history". Russow broke his left ulna while deflecting Duffee's punches at the end of round 1.
On September 7, 2010, Duffee was surprisingly released from the UFC for unknown reasons. It is rumored that Duffee requested financial aid in order to pay for a knee surgery which he couldn't afford, but when UFC said that he must pay for it himself there was a dispute between the two parties. Duffee spoke publicly about MMA fighters being underpaid and how he needed to take a second job just to pay for his training. Dana White later said in an interview with Ariel Helwani that Duffee had an attitude problem and that it seemed to him that "he doesn't want to be in the UFC, he doesn't like being in the UFC." He also said that he could work his way back into the organization via fighting in smaller leagues. Following his release Duffee said that he couldn't understand his release and has never been told why, although he harbors no bitterness towards the UFC president or the company.
After his release from the UFC, Duffee was scheduled to compete in the Titan Fighting Championships in the beginning of 2011. However when Dream, a promotion based out of Japan, was unable to secure an opponent for former Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem in Dream's first heavyweight title bout at Dynamite!!, Duffee had his manager throw his name in the mix of potentials for the bout. Less than two weeks before the event, he was officially named to take on Overeem in the title fight, leaving him very little time to prepare but an opportunity to fight a big name in the Sport. As the bout started Duffee charged in very aggressively flurrying punches to no avail, and the veteran Overeem stayed calm and landed a knee that rocked Duffee then followed by punches that put Duffee out cold at 19 seconds of the first round. Duffee said after the fight that he respected Overeem's ability but felt that if he had sufficient time to train and prepare that it would have been a completely different outcome. Overeem brought Duffee in for his training camp in preparation for his UFC debut vs. Brock Lesnar in late 2011 in order for Duffee to help him with his takedown defense. 
Super Fight League
In February 2012 Duffee signed an exclusive four-fight deal with Super Fight League, India's first professional Mixed Martial Arts fighting league launched and owned by Raj Kundra & Sanjay Dutt. He faced fellow UFC veteran Neil Grove on the SFL's second show held on April 7, 2012. He won via TKO after just 34 seconds in the first round, following up a right-hook that dropped Grove with heavy ground-and-pound. After the fight he thanked his training partners at the American Kickboxing Academy and credited them with helping him through a rough training camp, and stated that he is looking to fight again as soon as possible, adding that he "missed this". Shortly after his win, with SFL taking a 4-month break until their next event it was revealed that Duffee would be allowed to fight outside of the organization that summer if he could find fights. Duffee was appealing to promoters on Twitter for fights in both MMA and Professional Boxing but none came to fruition by the time of SFL's next event.
Duffee was originally announced to fight at SFL 4 on September 29 against former UFC title contender Jeff Monson but after the event was pushed back twice the SFL decided to change the structure of their shows, with weekly events replacing monthly events. Duffee and SFL agreed his departure in September and he returned to free agency. Though frustrated by his fight with Monson falling out, the departure was amicable.
Return to UFC
Duffee made his UFC return against Phil De Fries on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155, as a replacement for Matt Mitrione. Despite fighting with a respiratory infection he won the fight via first round TKO, weathering an early ground exchange before finishing De Fries on the feet. The performance earned Duffee Knockout of the Night honors.
Injury and Parsonage Turner Syndrome diagnosis
After the De Fries fight it emerged that Duffee had fought with a serious, undisclosed injury sustained during his training camp and would be ruled out for much of 2013. He returned to training after successfully rehabbing the injury in September. However, 3 weeks into his return to the gym, after waking up with severe pains and numbness in his arm Duffee was diagnosed with an unknown affliction which was later revealed to be Parsonage Turner Syndrome. He hopes that he can make a full recovery and be able to resume full MMA training in mid-late 2014.
In 2011 Duffee made his film debut in the Michael Jai White-produced Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown, portraying Tim Newhouse, a talented MMA fighter who lives in relative poverty and has to deal with losing his father. It is as of 2012 his only foray into films. Duffee stated that he enjoyed the experience but had no real interest in making a career in movies and that he took the role to support his rehabilitation from a knee injury.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|10 matches||8 wins||2 losses|
|Win||8–2||Philip De Fries||TKO (punches)||UFC 155||December 29, 2012||1||2:04||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Knockout of the Night|
|Win||7–2||Neil Grove||TKO (punches)||Super Fight League 2||April 7, 2012||1||0:34||Chandigarh, Haryana and Punjab, India|
|Loss||6–2||Alistair Overeem||KO (knee and punches)||Dynamite!! 2010||December 31, 2010||1||0:19||Saitama, Saitama, Japan||For the DREAM Heavyweight Championship.|
|Loss||6–1||Mike Russow||KO (punch)||UFC 114||May 29, 2010||3||2:33||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||6–0||Tim Hague||KO (punches)||UFC 102||August 29, 2009||1||0:07||Portland, Oregon, United States||Tied fastest knockout (Jung Chan-Sung and Ryan Jimmo in UFC history (0:07 seconds).|
|Win||5–0||Assuerio Silva||TKO (punches)||Jungle Fight 11||September 13, 2008||2||1:17||Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||4–0||Josh Bennett||KO (punches)||Alianza National Full Contact 2||August 8, 2008||1||1:25||Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic|
|Win||3–0||Mark Honneger||TKO (punches)||Crazy Horse Fights||December 11, 2007||1||3:22||Miami, Florida, United States|
|Win||2–0||Mike Walbright||TKO (punches)||Beatdown Fight Party: Head On Collision||June 1, 2007||1||0:16||Kennesaw, Georgia, United States|
|Win||1–0||Jonathan Spears||TKO (punches)||Beatdown Fight Party: Invasion||February 9, 2007||1||0:15||Kennesaw, Georgia, United States|
- "UFC Prospect Duffee Contemplating West Coast Move". Sherdog.com. September 29, 2009.
- "JF 11 Results". sherdog.com. September 13, 2008.
- "UFC 102 card complete with official addition of Todd Duffee vs. Mike Russow prelim fight". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved June 29, 2009.
- "UFC heavyweight newcomer Todd Duffee fights Tim Hague, not Mike Russow, at UFC 102". MMAJunkie.com.
- "Heavyweight Todd Duffee targeted for UFC 107". MMAJunkie.com.
- "Returning Paul Buentello to get heavyweight Todd Duffee at UFC 107 in December". MMAJUNKIE.com. 2009-09-29. Retrieved 2010-03-27.
- "TODD DUFFEE OFF UFC 107 FIGHT CARD". MMAWEEKLY.com. 2009-11-04. Retrieved 2010-03-27.
- "UFC 114 Results & Live Play-by-Play". sherdog.com. 2010-05-29. Retrieved 2010-05-31.
- "Todd Duffee vs. Jon Madsen latest addition to UFC 121 card". MMAJunkie.com. July 22, 2010.
- "Injured Todd Duffee out, Gilbert Yvel in to face Jon Madsen". mmajunkie.com.
- John Morgan. "Todd Duffee: UFC release caps off "good run of bad luck"".
- "Duffee vs. Gaston added to DREAM.17 in July". mmajunkie.com. 2011-06-15.
- Okamoto, Brett (2011-07-11). "Todd Duffee off DREAM 17 card". United States: ESPN. Retrieved 2011-07-14.
- "Super Fight League Signs Duffee, Prangley and Agaev to Four-Fight Deals". cagepotato.com. 2012-02-27.
- "Todd Duffee vs. Neil Grove Booked For Super Fight League 2". cagejunkies.com. 2012-03-08.
- "Monson-Duffee, Sokoudjou-Prangley Headline September, October Super Fight League Cards". sherdog.com. 2012-06-27.
- "Todd Duffee back in UFC, faces Phil De Fries at UFC 155". mmajunkie.com. November 21, 2012.
- "Todd Duffee Recovering From Parsonage-Turner Syndrome, Hopes To Fight Within a Year". sherdog.com. November 8, 2013.