Todd Duffee Returns to UFC, Fights Phil De Fries on New Year’s Weekend

Written by Tom Ngo
November 21st, 2012

UFC Heavyweight Todd Duffee

As Justin Bieber loves to preach to his millions of Beliebers, never say never. In a surprise move, Todd Duffee (Pictured) has been brought back to the planet’s premier mixed martial arts promotion. 

According to the Las Vegas Sun, the once-promising heavyweight will meet Phil De Fries at UFC 155 this New Year’s Eve weekend.

The UFC confirmed the report by retweeting the Sun’s post.

Duffee was unexpectedly released from the UFC after a shocking loss to Mike Russow in May of 2010. UFC president Dana White suggested the now-26-year-old had an attitude problem.

He has only fought twice since his departure. Duffe was knocked out by Alistair Overeem in December 2010 in Japan and most recently notched a TKO victory over Neil Grove in April.

DeFries, meanwhile, posted an impressive submission victory over Oli Thompson at “UFC on FOX 4.” The 26-year-old owns a 9-1 record.

De Fries was originally slated to face Matt Mitrione in the December 29th event. However, “Meathead” was promoted to headline “The Ultimate Figter 16 Finale” against Roy Nelson.

UFC 155 takes place inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Here is the show’s current roster:

Preliminary Card:

Erik Perez vs. Byron Bloodworth

Leonard Garcia vs. Cody McKenzie

Myles Jury vs. Michael Johnson

Phil DeFries vs. Todd Duffee

Brad Pickett vs. Eddie Wineland

Chris Leben vs. Karlos Vemola

Main Card:

(Pay-Per-View 10PM ET/7PM PT)

Tim Boetsch vs. Constantinos Philippou

Alan Belcher vs. Yushin Okami

Joe Lauzon vs. Jim Miller

Phil Davis vs. Forrest Griffin

Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos (UFC heavyweight champion)


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