Todd Duffee Returns to the UFC to Face Phil De Fries at UFC 155

Matthew RothFeatured ColumnistNovember 21, 2012

LAS VEGAS - MAY 28:  UFC fighter Todd Duffee  weighs in for his fight against UFC fighter Mike Russow at UFC 114: Rampage versus Rashad at the Mandalay Bay Hotel on May 28, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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That was the cry of MMA fans everywhere when Todd Duffee made his UFC debut with a stunning knockout win over Tim Hague at UFC 102. It was assumed that he would go on to become one of the biggest names in the UFC. 

But just as quickly as he became a household name, he dropped off the map. Duffee was handed his first career loss with a stunning late knockout from Mike Russow at UFC 114. Duffee was subsequently dropped from the promotion in September, 2010.

Since leaving the UFC, he has fought twice. 

His first fight outside of the organization was against Alistair Overeem for the Dream Heavyweight title. Duffee was defeated in 19 seconds and it was assumed that his talent was just another flash in the pan. 

But he was able to rebound against Neil Grove in the second Super Fight League show with a TKO victory in the first. 

That win was apparently enough to get another shot in the Octagon. 

The Las Vegas Sun reported the news earlier this afternoon. Duffee will face Phil De Fries at UFC 155. It's his second chance to make a first impression. 

This is a sweetheart matchup for Duffee. De Fries is a competent grappler, but has only rudimentary striking. Duffee's a strong wrestler with knockout power and is absolutely relentless if he puts an opponent on the mat. 

Welcome back, Mr. Duffee.