It wasn’t long ago when fans were buzzing over Todd Duffee after his record-setting UFC debut at UFC 102 in August of 2009. In his maiden outing, Duffee posted a new UFC record for fastest knockout after putting opponent Tim Hague to sleep in only 7 seconds.
His next fight was delayed due to injuries he received during training, so fans had to wait for nine months before seeing Duffee return to the cage. Duffee went on to suffer his first career loss — a third round knockout by a clearly outclassed Mike Russow. Looking to rebound from the embarrassing defeat, Duffee was scheduled to take on Brock Lesnar’s training partner Jon Madsen at UFC 121, but was again forced to pull out due to a nagging knee injury.
Shortly after being informed of Duffee’s inability to fight on UFC’s October 23rd card, Dana White told Ariel Halwani of MMAFighting.com that Duffee was officially cut from the organization. Citing an attitude problem, White stated, “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.”
After keeping mum since White’s interview in early September, Duffee finally gave the MMA community his own personal take on why he feels he was let go after only a single loss.
“Clearly it had to be something personal,” Duffee told MMASucka.com. “It came down to me having a bad attitude, but I don’t know when I did.”
When asked about future plans, the heavyweight prospect seemed unsure of what was in store.
“I’ve talked to a few people,” said Duffee. “Nothing is rushed — I have just gotten back into training this week. I really want to do things the smart way; I have spent too many training camps training with bad injuries.
“I’d like the first week of January, that is my goal. It is going to be tough to get there. However I want to thank all my friends, family and fans for their support. I will be back. That I promise.”