November 21, 2012, 10:30 PM
Todd Duffee is returning to the UFC and will replace Matt Mitrione in a UFC 155 heavyweight matchup against Philip De Fries. The Las Vegas Sun first reported the signing.
Mitrione was pulled from the bout last week to replace an injured Shane Carwin in a bout on The Utlimate Fighter 16 finale against Roy Nelson, the other coach of this season of the reality show.
Duffee (7-2) won his Octagon debut with a record-setting seven-second knockout of Edmonton’s Tim Hague in August 2009. But he was knocked out by Mike Russow at UFC 114 in May 2010 and was subsequently released by the organization after some remarks about UFC fighters being underpaid. Since leaving the UFC, he was stopped by Alistair Overeem at a Dream show on Dec. 31, 2010, but he is coming off a 34-second knockout of Neil Grove at a Super Fight League event in April.
Todd Duffee is back in the UFC for the first time since May 2010 & has a favourable stylistic matchup against Phil De Fries at UFC 155.
— Mike Johnston (@MikeyJ_MMA) November 21, 2012
De Fries (9-1, 1 NC) is coming off a second-round submission of Oli Thompson in August. He is 2-1 in the UFC; his only loss is a 43-second knockout at the hands of Stipe Miocic in February.
Duffee is known for his official record for fastest knockout in UFC history at the time when he KO’ed Hague in seven seconds. That record was since “matched” by Chan Sung Jung, but the UFC considers Duane Ludwig to hold the unofficial record. While Ludwig’s knockout of Jonathan Goulet in January 2006 officially stands at 11 seconds according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, video of the fight shows the referee was late in stopping the bout. The UFC lists his knockout at 6.06 seconds, compared to 6.26 seconds for Jung and 7.56 seconds for Duffee.
All nine of Duffee’s professional fights, win or lose, have been finished by knockout or TKO and seven of them have been in the first round.