Todd Duffee had some believing he was the next coming after posting a seven second knockout of Tim Hague at UFC 102 last August. Fast forward a year and the talented 24-year-old is already gone.
The heavyweight’s manager, Alex Davis, confirmed his release with MMAJunkie.com on Monday afternoon. However, he declined to explain why the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion abruptly gave his client his walking papers.
The report did not mention how many fights Duffee had remaining on his contract.
It’s tough to argue there are many 265-pounders that have as much upside as Duffee, so his shocking release clearly has nothing to do with his loss to Mike Russow at UFC 114. Although he thoroughly controlled the first two-and-a-half rounds of their scrap, Duffee appeared to gas in the final ticks and ate a vicious right for his troubles.
The youngster was slated to make his comeback against Jon Madsen at UFC 121 in October, but a nagging knee injury forced him to withdraw. Veteran Gilbert Yvel agreed to take his place in the blockbuster event.
No word on what Duffee’s next move might be. However, employers from across the globe have already snagged his 6-1 resume off Monster.com. So don’t expect for him to be collecting unemployment checks for too long.
The slugger’s fighter profile was still on UFC.com at the time of publication.