Despite an infrequent fight schedule, there's always interest whenever Duffee steps into the Octagon. To capitalize on it, Duffee needed to begin putting a win streak together, starting with Anthony Hamilton.
On the other hand, the jury was still out on "Freight Train." He certainly looked the part of a dangerous heavyweight -- the man's well above 250 pounds -- but his performances had been inconsistent thus far.
There's not much to review here quite honestly.
Hamilton was game to strike with Duffee early, but it was clear his opponent had a huge speed, technique, and power advantage. Hamilton recognized this and looked to grapple, but Duffee easily shut it down. Just 30 seconds into the fight, Duffee landed a massive right hand that put his opponent to sleep.
What can I say? Duffee hits really damn hard. He looked quick and nasty on his feet, landing a beautiful right hand before the fight even got started.
That's about as great a return fight as Duffee could hope for.
Hopefully, Duffee's medical issues are a thing of the past. Heavyweight has a serious need for prospects, which I suppose is a category that Duffee still falls under. For his next bout, I'd love to see Duffee scrap with Gabriel Gonzaga, who's the UFC's go-to for testing up-and-comers.
It's also hard to analyze exactly what Hamilton did wrong. He was simply out-matched on the feet, and didn't have the athleticism required to bring the fight to the mat. Unless he somehow landed a haymaker before Duffee found his chin -- which only took 30 seconds -- Hamilton didn't really have a path to victory.
If the UFC keeps him around, a fight with Jose Copeland would make sense.
At UFC 181, Duffee made a successful return with a vicious knockout. Can the heavyweight finally live up to his potential?
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