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Todd Duffee returning to the UFC for December 29 tilt with Philip De Fries

A little over three years ago, power-punching heavyweight Todd Duffee made a huge impact in his UFC debut by knocking out Tim Hague in seven seconds. Then unbeaten, Duffee was immediately labeled as an up-and-comer based on youth, a hulking frame, and his ability to flatten foes. However, Duffee only lasted one more fight and was cut after being KO’d by Mike Russow as a result of the loss, a series of withdrawals, and some critical statements that didn’t sit well with management.

As is often said, time tends to heal all wounds, and Duffee will now get another shot in the Octagon despite a 1-1 record since being cut and only a single fight in nearly two years.

According to a report from the Las Vegas Sun (that has since been confirmed by the UFC), the 26-year old slugger will face Philip De Fries on December 29 at UFC 155. DeFries was originally scheduled to meet Matt Mitrione at the event before “Meathead” stepped up to replace the injured Shane Carwin on a card unfolding a few weeks earlier.

The 7-2 Duffee is coming off a 37-second stoppage of Neil Grove in April and hasn’t stepped foot in the cage since. Meanwhile, De Fries is a 9-1 submission specialist with eight tap-outs to his credit including a finish of Oli Thompson in August at UFC on FOX 4.