Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight Todd Duffee would like to apologize to all the mixed martial arts (MMA) fans who are perhaps feeling like they didn't get their money's worth when they came to see him fight.
Blame the promotion for making it too easy.
Since Duffee has yet to be challenged following his 2012 return, the streaking heavyweight has opted to do his own matchmaking, calling out former division champion Frank Mir, someone who can help catapult him into the top 10, where the Reebok spoils await.
From his conversation with MMA Junkie:
"I thought I was gonna get (Matt) Mitrione, but he got (Ben) Rothwell, and they've slowly matched up everyone in the top 15, it looks like, except one guy -- so I've got to call him out. It's not a grudge match - nothing like that. I have a lot of respect for the guy. But he's No. 11 (in the UFC rankings), and with the new Reebok deal coming in, I've definitely got to beat those upper-echelon guys. I'm about to be 30 (years old). I've had a lot of time off in my career. I'd like to have a legend fight, and I'm looking at Frank Mir at No. 11. Aren't you guys kind of tired of watching me fight guys you know the outcome to? Wouldn't you like to see a challenge for me, maybe? Longer than a minute and a half?"
Duffee (9-2) has competed just three times over the last three years, after a lengthy battle with both injury and illness. He has, however, made the most of those performances, ending all three by way of knockout or technical knockout, in what amounts to a little over three minutes of work.
Anyone think the resurgent Mir (17-9) is the one to give him pause?