Todd Duffee was right. It's time to back down about his future prospects. It's not often you hear a fighter say he's being overhyped a bit but Duffee knows himself better than anyone and his seven second knockout at UFC 102 had people a little too fired up about the 24-year-old. Duffee was the much better fighter against Mike Russow and threw everything but the kitchen sink at the Chicago cop but couldn't finish him. And then Duffee realize why you can't stand in front of another heavyweight for 15 minutes. Russow landed a right on the button and knocked Duffee stiff. Duffee fell straight to his back and Russow didn't even need to throw another shot as referee Josh Rosenthal stopped it at 2:35 of the third round.
In the seconds after the knockout, Russow almost looked embarrassed and wasn't in celebratory mode.
"No man, this was an awful fight," Russow told UFC analyst Joe Rogan.
Rogan said it was the most dramatic one-punch comeback win he had seen in 10 years.
"I didn't execute my gameplan," said Russow. "(The knockout) was a shock."
The 6-foot-3, 253-pound Duffee (6-1, 1-1 UFC) came out quickly and overwhelmed Russow in the opening three minutes. He landed uppercuts and right hooks. Russow, a wrestler by trade, couldn't sniff a takedown but he took all the big Duffee shots. By the end of the first, the thickly muscled Duffee looked to be losing energy. In the second, the pace slowed. Duffee thwarted four takedown attempts and landed some nice shots. It got even more sluggish at the start of the third when Russow (13-1, 2-0 UFC) pulled off the hail mary punch.
Duffee, a former linebacker at Southern Illinois, was the rage of the sport after he destroyed Tim Hague at UFC 102. He was heavily hyped and promoted in the lead-up to UFC 114. Duffee told everyone to back off a little and that he still needs time. Russow's win also proves that looks mean little. During the fight, Rogan said Russow's puffy body compared to Duffee's chiseled physique was like a before and after photo. In the end, it didn't matter because Russow's chin was more sturdy.