In what many might deem a surprising decision, the UFC has handed 6-1 heavyweight Todd Duffee his walking papers after recently losing the first bout of his career and then withdrawing from a scheduled October fight with Jon Madsen due to a knee injury. Prior to being dropped in the third round by Mike Russow at UFC 114 – a fight he was winning until that point no less – Duffee had finished all six of his previous opponents including five by way of first-frame knockout.

News of the 24-year old’s release was reported by MMAJunkie, though no official reason for the professional separation was given.

While is it too early to know exactly where Duffee will land once the dust has settled it is likely he will draw significant interest from Strikeforce, as well as in Japan, based on his style and hulking physical appearance. A powerful brawler measuring in at 6’3” and around 250 pounds, Duffee was considered to be one of the UFC’s brighter heavyweight prospects. In addition to his streak of TKOs, the Las Vegas native also owns the promotion’s record for fastest knockout in history – a seven-second flattening of Tim Hague at UFC 102 in August 2009.