Todd Duffee: An Eventual Contender

Nick ColonSenior Analyst IAugust 30, 2009

With his win at UFC 102 Saturday night, Todd Duffee just hit the jackpot.

Metaphorically that is.

Duffee quickly disposed of the six-foot-four-inch Tim Hague in just seven seconds, giving Duffee the fastest knockout in UFC history, but more importantly he has now given himself a name amongst the rest of the UFC heavyweights.

For those of you who do not know who Todd Duffee is, here's a little background on the UFC heavyweight. Duffee is an American Top Team product, who loves to punch. His stat sheet may look a lot like guys such as Shane Carwin, as he likes to quickly put away his opponents.

In his first five fights, only one has made it out of the first minute-and-a-half, and he still managed to defeat the other opponent before the three-and-a-half-minute mark.

Duffee is a guy who strictly uses his fists to end fights, but then again so were guys like Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva, and look at their illustrious careers.

The important thing to remember about Duffee is his raw ability. He's a physical specimen at the ripe age of 23, and he's now looking "to eat" as he announced after his win over Hague. There haven't been many guys as hungry and intense in the heavyweight class for a long time, and he and Lesnar are two rare breeds.

Another important thing to remember is that Duffee is with one of the best MMA camps available in American Top Team. Originally from Evansville, IN, Duffee fights out of Coconut Creek, FL and with the right training and work that needs to be put in, don't expect Duffee to go away anytime soon.

Duffee would like to fight Heath Herring according to his comments in his post-fight interview with Not only does that seem fitting, but getting the gatekeeper of the heavyweight division might be the start of things to come for Duffee.