Duffee, Teixeira, Hall among fighters added to UFC Vancouver

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Todd Duffee smiles after beating Phil De Fries at UFC 155 back in 2012 in Las Vegas. (David Becker/AP)

It has been four years since we last saw Todd Duffee fight, but the once-highly-touted heavyweight is set to make his return to the Octagon this September.

The UFC announced Tuesday that Duffee is scheduled to face Jeff Hughes when the UFC visits Vancouver’s Rogers Arena for the first time since 2016.

Duffee (9-3) has undergone multiple knee surgeries, shoulder surgery and overcame a bacterial infection during his hiatus. Of his 12 pro fights, only two have gotten out of the opening round and five of his wins have lasted fewer than 35 seconds.

The 33-year-old hasn’t fought since he was knocked out by former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir in July of 2015.

Meanwhile, Hughes (10-2) is looking to earn his first UFC victory. The 31-year-old earned a UFC contract thanks to his knockout win over Josh Appelt on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series last summer but dropped a split decision to Maurice Greene in his official promotional debut this past March.

In addition to Duffee’s return, the UFC also announced a handful of other notable bouts that will take place on the Sept. 14 card:

— Glover Teixeira vs. Nikita Krylov
— David Branch vs. Andrew Sanchez
— Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Uriah Hall
— Marcin Tybura vs. Augusto Sakai

A light-heavyweight bout between Canadian Misha Cirkunov and undefeated Australian Jimmy Crute has also been added to the card.

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