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DREAM 17: Todd Duffee fights 'Afrozilla' on July 16 in Tokyo

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Former UFC heavyweight phenom Todd Duffee will look to rebound from back-to-back losses when he travels overseas (again) to challenge Nick Gaston at the upcoming DREAM 17 event at the Ariake Coliseum on July 16 in Tokyo, Japan.

The promotion announced the pending match-up earlier today.

After a torrid 6-0 start to his mixed martial arts career, Duffee (6-2) was upended by Mike Russow at UFC 114: "Rampage vs. Evans" back in May 2010. Some behind-the-scenes shenanigans led to an early release from the promotion as well as an early release from his consciousness later in the year.

That's because Duffee took a short-notice fight against Dutch "Demolition Man" Alistair Overeem at FEG's year end Dynamite!! event and got Reemed in under a minute. Now he's heading back to the "land of the rising sun" for redemption and a piece of the afro.

Gaston (5-0, 1 NC) remains unbeaten in six fights under the King of the Cage (KOTC) banner but is probably best known for his stint on MTV's "Bully Beatdown." No question a beatdown on Duffee would further raise his stock while proving disastrous for the career of his opponent.

Here is the current DREAM 17 fight card and line-up.

205 lbs.: Gegard Mousasi vs. Hiroshi Izumi
145 lbs.: Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Kazuyuki Miyata
135 lbs.: Masakazu Imanari vs. Hideo Tokoro
135 lbs.: Keisuke Fujiwara vs. Kenji
265 lbs.: Todd Duffee vs. Nick Gaston
155 lbs.: Willamy Freire vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri

Stay tuned to for future updates to this still-developing fight card.