Up-and-coming heavyweight Todd Duffee has pulled out of his UFC 107 bout against Paul Buentello. The 23-year-old would not disclose what injury was keeping him out of the December 12th event, but stated it was something he had to do.
“(Withdrawing) was one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make,” Duffee told Sherdog.com on Tuesday evening.
Duffee was last seen setting the UFC knockout record against Tim Hague at UFC 102 when it took him all of seven seconds to put Hague to sleep.
Although Duffee’s MMA game is still pretty green, his sheer size, athletic ability and striking can make him a legit threat to the heavyweight crown one day, however it looks like that day isn’t going to come for a little while.
“It was a fight I was really looking forward to,” a disappointed Buentello told the website. “We really matched up well.”
He added that Mike Russow and Stefan Struve have been presented as potential replacements for Duffee.
Buentello will be ending his four-year Octagon hiatus when he enters the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee. His only losses have come at the hands of former UFC champ Andrei Arlovski and current Strikeforce title holder Alistair Overeem.
Here are the fighters rumored to be participating in the pay-per-view broadcast:
Kevin Burns vs. T.J. Grant
Rousimar Palhares vs. Lucio Linhares
Edgar Garcia vs. DaMarques Johnson
Ricardo Funch vs. Johny Hendricks
Shane Nelson vs. Matt Wiman
Alan Belcher vs. Wilson Gouveia
Paul Buentello vs. Mike Russow or Stefan Struve
Jon Fitch vs. Mike Pierce
Cheick Kongo vs. Frank Mir
Kenny Florian vs. Clay Guida
Diego Sanchez vs. BJ Penn (UFC Lightweight Champion)