Todd Duffee released by UFC (UPDATED)Posted on September 8, 2010, 08:55 AM by Daniel Cassidy
In a rather shocking turn of events, Heavyweight prospect Todd Duffee has been surprisingly released by the UFC. While no official reason has yet been given, Duffee is currently unavailible for comment, however his manager texted the Sports Illustrated's Josh Gross with a rather unusual message:
“Well, I’m not sure exactly what the problem or problems were. I tryed [sic] hard to avoid, but Dana wasn’t listening. It unfortunate.”
The news broke during last night, and came as quite a surprise, given the heavy handed Duffee held a UFC record of 1-1, following a 7 second KO of Tim Hague, then a 3rd round shock loss to Mike Russow. Duffee's 7 second KO remains one of fastest knockouts in UFC history. Overall he is 6-1 in his MMA career.
As expected, it seems Strikeforce are interested in aquiring the services of the Heavyweight, manager Gross confirmed he had been contacted by Scott Coker's company.
Speaking to MMAJunkie, Duffee spoke about his shock and hurt at being dropped by the UFC:
“I’ve had every emotion there is to have. Right now, I’m just kind of numb. I don’t know what happened. I first heard from my manager, Alex Davis, about a week ago that I might get cut. I have some friends that fight for other organizations, and they actually told me they had heard a rumor that I was about to be released, too. On Tuesday, I got the confirmation email saying I had been cut because I lost my last fight.”
“Emotionally, I’m hurt. I’m hurt more than anything because I don’t know why. As a man, you just want to hear why so you can understand. They had talked about me fighting Madsen. I asked if I could get some time. I had a knee injury going into the Russow fight. I’m not making any excuses because I lost that fight, and all props to Mike, but I definitely feel like it affected my gameplan and my mentality going into the fight. I didn’t want that to happen again with Madsen. I wanted to be able to go out there and fight to my full potential instead of just boxing, basically. I asked for more time, and as far as I knew, they had granted it to me. Maybe I rattle off three more wins real quick, and the UFC changes their mind and decides to re-sign me.”