Undefeated American Top Team (ATT) heavyweight Todd Duffee (6-0) will finally make his much anticipated return to the Octagon on May 29 when he faces fellow heavyweight prospect Mike Russow (12-1) at UFC 114 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to Caged-In.com.
Duffee made his Zuffa debut at UFC 102: "Couture vs. Nogueira" back on Aug. 29, 2009. The 23-year-old wrecking machine pushed his stats to 6-0 with a record-setting seven-second annihilation of Tim Hague.
Prior to that, Duffee scored an impressive second round technical knockout over Brazilian roadblock Assuerio Silva at Jungle Fight 11 last September. The hulking University of Georgia student has ended all six of his professional fights by way of (technical) knockout.
He was originally booked for a UFC 107 tilt against Paul Buentello last December until an undisclosed injury forced him to withdraw from the card. Now he's back and ready for war. Will Russow be ready?
The hard-hitting heavyweight has racked up a solid mixed martial arts record (12-1), while also protecting the fine citizens of the "Windy City" as a Chicago police officer. His only defeat came by way of submission to Sergei Kharitonov back at Pride 33 in February 2007.
The loss didn’t do much to faze the former high school state champion wrestler, who’s been perfect (8-0) ever since, including a unanimous decision win over Justin McCully at UFC 102: "Couture vs. Nogueira" in his Octagon debut.
In addition to his five-o gig in Englewood community in Chicago’s 7th district, Russow is a longtime student of former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes, whom he trained under as a wrestler at Eastern Illinois University.
UFC 114 will feature the long overdue light heavyweight grudge match between bitter rivals and former TUF 10 coaches "Suga'" Rashad Evans and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. Also penciled in for the main card is a lightweight scrap between Efrain "Hencho en Mexico" Escudero and Cole "Magrinho" Miller.
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