Very few mixed martial artists had a brighter upside than heavyweight Todd Duffee following his seven second knockout of Tim Hague at UFC 102 last August. While most of the MMA world was shocked to hear Octagon brass cut the talented 24-year-old earlier this month, UFC president Dana White claims he merely gave him what he thought Duffee was asking for.
“I’m gonna be honest with you, I don’t like Duffee’s attitude. I don’t like his attitude and I don’t like some of the things he’s said or done,” White told a crowd of reporters after Thursday’s UFC 119 press conference. “He made it seem to me that he doesn’t want to be in the UFC, like being here didn’t matter to him and he didn’t like it. You don’t want to be in the UFC brother? Okay.”
The conspiracy carousel went crazy earlier this month trying to comprehend Duffee’s abrupt firing. Some believed, as one of the company’s up-and-coming superstars, he insulted Octagon bosses by petitioning on The Underground Forums for a weekend job because his bank account was flashing zeros. Others suggested his thrashing of the UFC on Twitter for emphasizing his past employment as a Dairy Queen worker is what sealed his fate.
Although it’s unknown how those specific instances influenced White’s decision, we are all well aware that one bad apple spoils the bunch. So it didn’t take White long to realize he needed to quickly eradicate Mr. Anti-UFC from his Octagon.
“We’re working on long term stuff, where guys can live and fight under this brand forever and continue to make money, even after they retire. Being in the UFC is a very big thing for a fighter. Some guys get it and appreciate it and some guys don’t.
“The guys that don’t, I don’t have time for and you won’t be around for long.”
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.