Former UFC heavyweight fighter Todd Duffee fought Strikeforce heavyweight champion (and now DREAM interim heavyweight champion) Alistair Overeem on a week’s notice today at DREAM’s Dynamite!! 2010 New Year’s Eve show.
Duffee was absolutely floored in the fight, as Overeem knocked him out early on in the first round. Duffee spoke with FightOpinion.com following the bout and explained why he has no regrets for taking the bout.
“Well, obviously, I’m extremely disappointed,” Duffee leveled. “I feel like I’m a much more talented fighter than I got the chance to show. Not to take anything (away) from Overeem, I think he’s an incredible, incredible fighter. I was just disappointed, you know. I wanted to come out and put on a great show, exciting show for the fans but you know obviously I wasn’t prepared. You know, I think I trained seven days for this fight and it definitely showed.”
Despite his disappointment, Duffee said that he is glad to have had the chance to fight in front of a Japanese crowd and that he is hopeful that his willingness to take such a big fight on short notice endeared him to fans and DREAM officials enough that he may be able to return and fight in Japan again.
“I don’t regret it at all. It was a great opportunity to fight in Japan. It’s been a dream of mine. I hope that, you know, it maybe opened the door for me to come back here and show that I have a much, much better skill set than what I put on display…”
Duffee fell to 6-2 with the loss; he was knocked out in his last two bouts.