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Todd Duffee Injured, Withdraws From Saturday’s “Dream 17: Grand Prix Final”

Written by Tom Ngo
July 11th, 2011
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UFC Heavyweight Todd Duffee

According to ESPN, heavyweight Todd Duffee has suffered an undisclosed injury that will force him out of this Saturday’s showdown with Nick Gaston at “Dream 17: Grand Prix Final.”

Duffee hasn’t been seen since posting a disappointing 19 second knockout loss to Alistair Overeem this past New Year’s Eve. The controversial 265-pounder served as a last-minute replacement against Ubereem in the interim title fight.

After blasting out of the MMA gates with a perfect 6-0 record, Duffee has lost his last two contests – both in KO fashion.

Duffee had the world in the palm of his hands after posting a seven second knockout of Tim Hague at UFC 102 in August 2009. However, the up-and-comer was released following his UFC 114 loss to Mike Russow due to his “poor attitude.”

ESPN confirmed Dream will not attempt to locate a replacement for Gaston and have removed him from the event.

Dream 17 takes place this Saturday inside the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, Japan.

Here is the card’s revised roster:

Bantamweight Tournament:

Atsushi Yamamoto vs. Kenji Osawa (Third Place)

Masakazu Imanari vs. Hideo Tokoro (Finals)

Individual Bouts:

Eiji Mitsuoka vs. Bruno Carvalho

Tatsuya Mizuno vs. Trevor Prangley

Drew Fickett vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri

Hayato Sakurai vs. Marius Zaromskis (Dream Welterweight Champion)*

Kazuyuki Miyata vs. Hiroyuki Takaya (Dream Featherweight Champion)

Hiroshi Izumi vs. Gegard Mousasi (Dream Light Heavyweight Champion)

* – Non-title fight

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