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Duffee: Being Outside UFC “Was a Nightmare”

Kelsey Mowatt

Todd Duffee

Todd Duffee has already discovered what it’s like to be the “talk of the Octagon”, as well as the dismissed ZUFFA employee during his six year career, and how did the heavyweight find his time outside the UFC? Not too great apparently.

Duffee is likely best remembered still for the violent and quick splash he made in his UFC debut, by knocking out Tim Hague in just seven seconds at UFC 102. Following a stoppage loss to Mike Russow, which was also extremely memorable, Duffee was let go by the UFC. At the time, UFC President Dana White relayed that he didn’t care for the fighter’s “attitude.”

In December, however, Duffee returned to the UFC after nearly spending two years outside the organization, and took out Philip DeFries with strikes at UFC 155. While speaking to Above and Beyond, Duffee was asked to comment on what fighting for promotions that aren’t called the Ultimate Fighting Championship was like, and here’s some of what the 27 year-old said.

“It was a nightmare every day. It was sickening. It was very depressing…I don’t know how else to put it. You see guys that you’re better than fighting in the UFC, you see guys you’re friends and training partners are saying you’re better than fighting in the UFC. I felt really stupid. I genuinely just felt like an idiot. Everybody was telling me I had all this talent but I was never going to be back in the UFC, it’s over. Obviously, I couldn’t let it go. I still believed I had a shot.”

Duffee also relayed that it was tough finding fights with other organizations, due to the belief he had a “bad attitude” or that he was looking for “too much money.” The powerful heavyweight added that fighters need a “good manager” in order to survive financially outside the UFC.

So you want to be a fighter? Get a talented manager.


Article by Kelsey Mowatt



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