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:
Atsushi Yamamoto vs. Kenji Osawa (Third Place)
Masakazu Imanari vs. Hideo Tokoro (Finals)
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