Speculation on Alistair Overeem’s next opponent is over, as Todd Duffee has been confirmed as stepping in to face the dynamic Dutch striker on December 31 at “Dynamite: The Power of Courage” in Saitama, Japan. The 25-year old is known for the raw power put on display during a short run in the UFC, as well as having notably knocked out all six of the opponent he’s beaten in his career.
News of the match-up was reported on Thursday by MMAFighting and has since been confirmed by Five Ounces of Pain with sources in Overeem’s camp (who also explained as long as Duffee is cleared for a work visa he will definitely be the individual standing across the cage from the “Demolition Man” on New Year’s Eve).
Though Duffee is coming off an upset loss to Mike Russow at UFC 114 last May – the first defeat of his career – there’s no doubting the threat he poses when standing given the fact only a single of his six victories has occurred outside of a fight’s first frame. He also holds the record for the fastest knockout in the Octagon’s history with a seven-second clubbing of Tim Hague at UFC 102. In addition to the bout at the “Dynamite” show, Duffee is also scheduled to face Ultimate Fighter Season 10 alumnus Abe Wager at a Titan Fighting Championships event on January 29.
Overeem’s last MMA appearance also came in May, though Strikeforce’s heavyweight champ has kept busy including monumental success at the K-1 World Grand Prix which he won earlier this month. He has not fallen in Mixed Martial Arts since September 2007 while having his hands raised eight times during the same span with all instances resulting from a finishing performance.
Overeem and Duffee join fourteen other pairings on the Japanese event including Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Marius Zaromskis, Caol Uno vs. Kazuyuki Miyata, Bibiano Fernandes vs. Hiroyuki Takaya, Jerome LeBanner vs. Satoshi Ishii, and Josh Thomson vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri.