Todd Duffee (pictured) hasn’t been seen since December’s vicious TKO victory over Philip De Fries. Unfortunately for the UFC heavyweight, it will be at least another year until he fights again.
Duffee was recently diagnosed with Parsonage-Turner Syndrome. NBCI.com describes (PTS) as “a rare disorder consisting of a complex constellation of symptoms with abrupt onset of shoulder pain, usually unilaterally, followed by progressive neurologic deficits of motor weakness, dysesthesias, and numbness.”
“It felt like somebody stabbing me in my back,” Duffee told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “I kind of freaked out. Should I go to the ER? What do I do? It was that kind of pain. I just couldn’t move. I could kind of lift my shoulder to a certain extent, but I couldn’t use my hand fully. I could like pulse it, but I couldn’t close it. I couldn’t pick up anything with it or anything like that.
“It was scary. I’m not even going to lie to you. I was like, what is going [on]?”
The 27-year-old eventually went to the doctor and was given a battery of tests. When the results determined he had PTS, they told him the typical recovery time is between 18 to 24 months.
However, Duffee claims he’s far ahead of schedule and expects to be back before the end of 2014.
“I’ve talked to all the therapists I’ve worked with and the doctors, and they’re all very confident that I can come back inside a year,” Duffee shared.
Duffee has had a roller coaster MMA career, but appeared to finally recapture his mojo in his last two fights. He owns a 8-2 professional record after starting out perfect through his first six scraps.
All of his fights – win or lose – have ended via some form of knockout.