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Duffee out of UFC 107, Struve & Russow possible replacements for Paul Buentello

Paul BuentelloFollowing recent withdrawals from the likes of Thiago Alves, Brock Lesnar, Lyoto Machida, and Anderson Silva, Todd Duffee is the latest to pull out of his scheduled bout.

It has been reported by that the heavyweight has pulled out of his scheduled bout with Paul Buentello at UFC 107 due to an undisclosed injury.

Duffee, who burst onto the scene with a record setting seven-second knockout in his UFC debut against Tim Hague at UFC 102, is but another fighter in the organizations stable to fall from the injury bug.

Duffee had this to say, “Withdrawing was one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make.” Without disclosing the extent of his injury, the 23 year old expects to be back in action by early 2010.

Buentello, who was set to make his UFC return after an almost four year absence from the octagon, spoke with the website and said, “It was a fight I was really looking forward to. We really matched up well.”

He went on to say two possible replacements for Duffee include Mike Russow and Stefan Struve.

UFC 107 is set to take place December 12 in Memphis, Tenn.

  • HonorableAggression says:

    I’d like to see Struve vs. Buentello, personally. As far as Duffee, the kid had a great ko but thats all he’s done so far in the octagon, he still has a lot to prove.

  • dpk says:

    Russow hasn’t fought since August, so it would make sense for him to take this fight. I think Buentello would be too much for Struve at this point, but Struve seems to be coming on as a grappler and is still only 21 y/o.

    If Duffee can get 3 w’s in the next year we could be talking about him in the same way most people feel about Velasquez at this point, which is 1 big win away from a title shot. One of the best things going for Duffee is that UFC does not need to rush him into a title shot. They have Cain, Nog, Carwin, Dos Santos, and Mir that could all legitimately earn title shots in the next year while Duffee continues to develop. I’d like to see his next fight be against either Heath Herring (If he ever fights again), or Antoni Hardonk.

  • Makington says:

    Very good points dpk. I admit I was much more excited to see Duffee fight than Buentello, but it looks like I’ll have to wait. Duffee showed some extreme athleticism in those 7 seconds it took to dismantle Tim. That being said, 7 seconds is a very short time. Don’t forget how people talked about Houston Alexander after he KO’d Jardine and Sakara. He went from a future title threat to a gatekeeper at best in a quick 3 fights. Regardless, I have very high hopes for Todd. Please don’t let me down sir.


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