It has been reported by Sherdog.com that the heavyweight has pulled out of his scheduled bout with Paul Buentello at UFC 107 due to an undisclosed injury.
Duffee, who burst onto the scene with a record setting seven-second knockout in his UFC debut against Tim Hague at UFC 102, is but another fighter in the organizations stable to fall from the injury bug.
Duffee had this to say, “Withdrawing was one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make.” Without disclosing the extent of his injury, the 23 year old expects to be back in action by early 2010.
Buentello, who was set to make his UFC return after an almost four year absence from the octagon, spoke with the website and said, “It was a fight I was really looking forward to. We really matched up well.”
He went on to say two possible replacements for Duffee include Mike Russow and Stefan Struve.
UFC 107 is set to take place December 12 in Memphis, Tenn.