With rumors putting Todd Duffee in Strikeforce or even professional wrestling, fans have actively been wondering what the intriguing 25-year old heavyweight’s plans are for the immediate future after having been released by the UFC earlier this year. It now appears they have a concrete answer from Duffee himself.
HDNet Fights President Andrew Simon was a guest on Friday’s edition of MMAJunkie.com and revealed that Duffee will be headlining Titan Fighting Championships 16 on January 28 at the historic Memorial Hall in Kansas City, KS. According to Simon, the 6-1 Duffee’s return to the cage will take place against Abe Wagner, 6-3, who is best known for being a cast member during the tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter.
The bout will mark Duffee’s return to MMA after being knocked out in shocking fashion by Mike Russow in May at UFC 114. Prior to the loss the shredded 6’3” heavyweight had beaten six straight including five wins by way of scoring a TKO in the bouts’ opening round. In addition to his overall success in the ring, he also notched a seven-second knockout against Tim Hague at UFC 102 recorded as being the fastest win in the Octagon’s history.
The event will mark the first time the Titan Fighting Championships has been televised on HDNet. The Kansas City-based promotion has been promoting shows since 2006 and has served as a launching pad for the careers of current UFC fighters Mike Johnson, Rob Kimmons, and Alan Blecher; former WEC veterans James Krause and L.C. Davis; current Strikeforce welterweight Bobby Voelker; as well as current Bellator Fighting Championships fighters Jay Hieron and Eric Marriott.
Joe Kelly, the President of the Titan Fighting Championships, informed FiveOuncesOfPain.com that several other notable names have been scheduled for the card and will be announced in the coming days. Tickets for the event will go on sale at all local Ticketmaster outlets as well as Ticketmaster.com this Monday at 10 a.m. CT.