Todd Duffee was viewed as a possible heavyweight title challenger during his first run with the UFC. Now that Duffee is back, he wants to work his way into contention again.
Following a recent victory over Anthony Hamilton, Duffee was asked by MMAjunkie.com Radio about his next opponent. Instead of taking the “call-out” route, the 29-year-old decided to go down a different path.
“I’m not going to pick my fight at this point because I just came back,” he said. “It’s been two years.”
Duffee (9-2) was referring to the Parsonage Turner Syndrome he was diagnosed with back in 2012 that kept him sidelined after a win over Philip De Fries under the Hamilton bout. Overall, he’s won three in a row since losing via knockout to Alistair Overeem in Japan in 2010.
That loss was a second straight defeat for Duffee, and came on the heels of his exit from the UFC after a defeat vs. Mike Russow – also via knockout.
“I’d definitely run that fight back (vs. Overeem), but I also wouldn’t question (a fight with) Matt (Mitrione),” he said. “He’s a little higher up in the rankings right now. Any one of those guys that are above me in the rankings I’ll be happy to fight.”