In a move that will make many MMA fans scratch their heads, the UFC has decide to cut 24 year-old heavyweight prospect Todd Duffee from their roster according to a report from MMAJunkie.com.
Duffee sent shockwaves through the UFC and MMA community as a whole with his brutal seven second knockout of Tim Hague last summer. However he was out of action due to injury until May of this year, in which he met Mike Russow in the octagon, a match in which he dominated scoring multiple knockdowns until his cardio came in to play and he seemed gassed at the start of the 3rd round. Russow caught him clean on the chin during the 3rd round and knocked him out cold cementing one of the biggest come from behind wins in UFC history.
Duffee vowed to learn from this loss and come back in not only better shape but as a better fighter. He was set to face off against Jon Madsen at UFC 121 in October, but a lingering knee injury forced him out of the bout in which Gilbert Yvel has since risen to the task to fill his spot against Madsen at 121.
It is unclear why exactly Duffee was cut from the organization, many could presume that it would be his health because with this most recent injury he will be forced out of action until 2011.
Although It could be that the UFC wanted him to get healthy and stay healthy before having him back to fighting for their organization on a regular basis or maybe even with the rise of prospects Jon Jones in the LHW division, and Junior Dos Santos, and Cain Velazquez rising in the HW division being "can't miss" prospects who haven't yet suffered set backs they thought he would never pan out to his full potential that we saw in that Tim Hague fight.
Either way Dana White should provide us with some more information and answers in the coming days, but one thing is for sure nobody saw this coming.