UFC heavyweight fighters Todd Duffee and Jon Madsen were scheduled to square off on the upcoming UFC 121 card this October but the Las Vegas Sun reported and Fighters Only magazine confirmed that Duffee has been forced out of the bout due to a persistent knee injury and will be replaced by Dutch striker Gilbert Yvel.
He-Man character look alike Duffee would have been looking to bounce back from his first professional loss, a shocking knockout at the hands of Mike Russow.
Gilbert Yvel is perhaps known equally for his striking prowess as he is his bad temper inside the cage/ring. Yvel has been reprimanded for biting an opponent, eye-gouging an opponent and, most notably, knocking out a referee mid-fight. Despite that, Yvel was recently hired by the UFC based on his exciting, striking-based style of fighting but has posted an unimpressive 0-2 record in the promotion. Yvel first lost to current number two contender Junior dos Santos via TKO this past January. He then lost to Ben Rothwell via unanimous decision, but impressed some with his rarely-seen ground skills and defense. Yvel is likely looking at a pink slip if he cannot beat Madsen.
Jon Madsen was a cast member on The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights, the tenth installment of the popular Spike TV reality series. He was defeated on the show by current up-and-comer Brendan Schaub but has gone on to post a 3-0 record within the UFC; scoring decision wins over Justin Wren, Mostapha Al-turk and, most recently, Karlos Vemola. Madsen holds a 6-0 professional MMA record (TUF fights are considered exhibition bouts and do not appear on official records) and trains out of the H.I.T. Squad in Illinois.
UFC 121 is going down this October 23rd at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California and will feature the heavyweight title bout between Champion Brock Lesnar and challenger Cain Velasquez. Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Jake Shields will also appear on the card, making his UFC debut against Martin Kampmann.