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And Finally, Acceptance: Todd Duffee Has Reached the Last Stage of Grief Over UFC Firing

(Denial, anger, bargaining, plyometrics – Duffee has been through it all. PicProps: Sherdog)

It’s been almost a month and if you’re still having trouble wrapping your head around how Todd Duffee managed to get himself fired from the UFC after just one kind of fluky loss, you’re not alone. Duffee doesn’t seem to know exactly what to make of it, either. We’ve heard rumors of him faking injuries, turning down fights and having an all around piss-poor attitude, but the actual facts of the situation are still murky at best. One thing we know is true, however: At this point Duffee seems legitimately bummed about it. In a new article from Old Dad over on MMA Fighting, Duffee (and a few others) discuss the hard realities of getting fired from the only job they’ve ever really wanted. This MMA can be a pretty harsh mistress, fellas.  

"I’m back to where it’s kind of hard to admit that I’m a fighter,” says the Duffmeister. “When I finally made it into the UFC, all the people who thought I was stupid for pursuing this (career) sort of shut up about it. You could tell people, ‘I’m in the UFC.’ Now I’m back to where I don’t really want to tell people what I do."

Say what you will about him but damn, that sucks.

The latest piece of third-hand hearsay about Duffee’s release – and, again, there’s no way to really know fact from fiction here – indicates it was a confluence of events that turned the Octagon Overlords against the big guy. It goes a little something like this: Duffee allegedly turned down fights with James McSweeney  and Jon Madsen, told the UFC he needed time off to do a movie and then talked some junk about the company to the wife of someone important. There may have been a knee injury mixed in there somewhere, too.

Whatever happened, the UFC released Duffee pretty much out of the blue last month, some three months after he got knocked stiff by Mike Russow at UFC 114, in a fight Duffee had been dominating up to that moment. The timing of the firing was weird, even for a company known to have an itchy trigger finger when it comes to cutting loose its dead weight. As usual, it sounds like the fighter himself was the last to know. 

"I thought it was a joke at first.," Duffee says. "I mean, they’re not cutting me off one loss. They don’t do that. It didn’t make sense to me."

Doesn’t make much sense to us, either. Dana White has said Duffee just had a “horrible attitude,” but it’s hard to know how much stock to put in that assessment, since White’s idea of a good attitude for fighters typical equates with “do whatever I say, whenever I say it.” We’ll probably never know the whole truth, but here’s hoping Duffee finds a new home soon.

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Harry Nips- October 7, 2010 at 9:23 am
Somebody was on here saying he knew some big shots in Vegas and he was told Duffee threw the Russow fight & the Fertitta's found out thru the grapevine about it. I can't remember the poster's screenname. If this is true it might explain all the shadiness behind his firing.
fatbellyfrank- October 6, 2010 at 9:16 pm
Darkhorse, Kos maybe a complete ass clown, but he does what he's fucken told, when he's fucken told, and I've fucken heard that Dana fucken appreciates that in his fucken employees
fatbellyfrank- October 6, 2010 at 8:55 pm
And who's this rex dude? I gotta sneaking suspicion its thisredengine (Jokes, rex, jokes)
DARKHORSE06- October 6, 2010 at 4:40 pm
How the shit could you fire this guy and not Koschek?
Gardeninja- October 6, 2010 at 2:08 pm
I think Fedor is my Grampa's hat.
Frank Mur- October 6, 2010 at 1:48 pm
We got a new Garbage Man last month, chubby little Russian speakin fella calls himself Fedor. But I don't think he was ever a fighter.
Almost North- October 6, 2010 at 1:48 pm
I think Fedor is actually the horsey looking ring girl.
cecils_pupils- October 6, 2010 at 1:37 pm
^^who's Fedor? I don't think he is in the UFC...
ReX13- October 6, 2010 at 1:34 pm
What is this Bellator you guys keep talking about? Is that where Fedor fights now?
itsgalf- October 6, 2010 at 1:27 pm
I'll give Dana the benefit of the doubt here
Nealio- October 6, 2010 at 1:01 pm
Yeah you are either Dana White's buddy (taking fights short notice, not complaining, being a FUCKING fighter) or you are NOT in the UFC (for long).
steampunk22- October 6, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Good post! I hadn't read the article over on MMAFighting yet and was curious about the situation, although it seems its still a little murky.
cecils_pupils- October 6, 2010 at 12:09 pm
Dana White - serving the best humble pie in Las Vegas since 1993.
MoTropolis- October 6, 2010 at 12:03 pm
"...then talked some junk about the company to the wife of someone important."

Its gotta kill Kim Couture to be referenced as the wife of somebody important still and not someone important herself.
Fedor vs. Bas- October 6, 2010 at 11:45 am
I also think it was kind of convenient that the UFC cut him AFTER the Bellator Heavyweight Tournament started. I don't think they wanted him jumping to another promotion right away.
BONGTAR- October 6, 2010 at 11:45 am
Running your mouth at any job would put your ass in jeopardy. imagine he walks in to another promotion looking for a job, and has this huge dick face attitude about how he was a UFC fighter and blah blah blah. If dude cant be humble and just fight, this is it for him.
intercept440- October 6, 2010 at 11:40 am
@Turd Ferg.....
surely you jest? , Kocksmack is going to get the same result as last time...
a L on his record

on a happier note i kind of cant wait till he starts refining his , oh i got gouged in the eye routine.

only it would be really cool if he for once did get poked in his eyes. then he would at least have a legitimate excuse for losing.

nicey- October 6, 2010 at 11:37 am
@ RwilsonR dam straight man.
TheHulkSmash- October 6, 2010 at 11:36 am
The problem is almost certainly that Duffee thought he was "big time". he wanted bigger name opponents and bigger pay checks than he'd earned. Dana's happy to kick him out, see if he makes it, and bring him back at the "big time" pay if he dominates in other leagues. It's not like he was banned for life like Daley...
Turd Furgeson- October 6, 2010 at 11:20 am

Yeah, except, Kos is gonna smash that faggot's face.


steampunk22- October 6, 2010 at 11:19 am
Is it just me or does that picture look like Mayhem Miller on a shark meat diet?
Almost North- October 6, 2010 at 11:18 am
@Mr Cetology

I'm more worried about your intimate knowledge of whale penis than any resemblance to Dana.
Ballkick- October 6, 2010 at 11:15 am
"and then talked some junk about the company to the wife of someone important"

I think we can all take away some pearls of wisdom from Duffman's mistake,......Keep your yap shut,...especially around women comes to mind.
Mr_Misanthropy- October 6, 2010 at 11:12 am
...and yet, every day, Dana's fat bald white head looks a little bit more like a beluga whale penis.

There's nothing he can do about it save complete reconstructive surgery or an extravagant hair piece.
BryanF- October 6, 2010 at 11:10 am
I hope he gets choked out

"Duff Man can't breathe...OH NO!" *Hip thrusts the air*