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Todd Duffee vs. Jon Madsen added to UFC 121

Another heavyweight bout has been added to UFC 121 as the hard-hitting Todd Duffee is scheduled to face Jon Madsen in a battle of young prospects.

UFC 121 takes place on October 23 and emanates from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

News of the bout was first reported by

Duffee blasted onto the scene with a seven second knockout against Tim Hague at UFC 98, a new UFC record. He made his return to the Octagon at UFC 114 against Mike Russow, a fight that saw Duffee dominate for much of the bout before gassing out in the third round before being clipped with a surprising shot that put the previously undefeated heavyweight to sleep. Duffee is looking to rebound from the loss and silence the critics who blasted the young fighter for his headhunting and lack of cardio.

Madsen is on a three fight winning streak with victories over Mostapha Al-Turk, Justin Wren, and Karlos Vemola. Having fought twice in 2010, the wrestler is undefeated in his MMA career and is looking to impress the upper management of the UFC with another dominant victory. Madsen trains alongside UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar and Bellator heavyweight Cole Konrad in Minnesota and is known for his impressive wrestling ability.

  • Dufresne says:

    As awesome as it was for Duffee to get that 7 second KO in his UFC debut, it may have been a bad thing for his career overall. When you make a first impression like that it’s almost impossible to live up to the hype, even if you end up having a pretty solid run for the rest of your time with the organization.

    I really don’t see Duffee getting clipped here. Most of Madsen’s fights have gone the distance and the only two guys he’s finished are 2-5 and 0-1 right now. If Duffee can keep from gassing completely I see him winning this one fairly easily.

    And what ever happened to Turk being hyped as a world class fighter? Seems like everytime I ever saw him on a card he was built up to be either the next big thing or some incredible test. The dude’s 6-6 and on a 3 fight skid, how did he ever get built up like that?

  • bigbadjohn says:

    Alright! Mr. Madsen. Gameplan! Move, move, block, block, move some more, take some punishment, keep moving. okay 3rd round? Now throw straight rights!

  • MCM says:

    Madsen keeps surprising me. I thought there was no way he was gonna get passed Wren a the TUF finale, then I thought he was gonna get stopped by Vemola in his last fight, but he keeps pulling out the W’s. Duffee is pretty damn good on his feet but how well is he gonna hold up when put on his back by Madsen? I think this is gonna be another UD for the Minnesota trained fighter.

    But I’ll be hoping Duffee gets the KO.

  • Makington says:

    I’m thinking that Duffee is athletic enough to stuff any takedowns, which effectively neutralizes Madsen as a fighter right there. I know it’s not exactly the most reliable thing to go on, but the punch that Schaub knocked him out with doesn’t make me think he has any answers for the bombs Duffee can throw.

    Even though Russow’s comeback easily jumped up to one of my favourite comebacks of all time (not quite Smith/Sell but meh) I was still pretty impressed with the diversity of strikes Duffee was using and how technical they were. I can’t really say I blame his cardio either, for the same reason I don’t blame Carwin’s when he fought Brock. He just has to learn to pace himself and not punch himself out going for a KO he doesn’t get.

  • Jstew3785 says:

    I was thinking the same thing Makington. Duffee has excellent athleticism and takedown defense which like you said neutralizes Madsen as a fighter. He really has nothing else to offer. I think Duffee will KO him pretty easily. I’m sure it will be on the prelims but I hope somehow it finds it’s way to tv. Another thing, I don’t think Duffee gassed that bad against Russow. Obviously he slowed down but it wasn’t like TUF 10 where the guys are sucking air with their hands at their waists.


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