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Buzzworthy Rumor of the Day: Is Fedor vs. Todd Duffee In the Works for Summer M-1 Show in Monaco?

(Big stakes for both fighters if this one happens.)

We’ll preface this story with the disclaimer that it’s simply a rumor at this point, but word on the street is that Todd Duffee may be the next opponent in line for Fedor Emelianenko.

According to a post on Fedor’s official website, “The Last Emperor” has been taking some time off to ┬ánurse a thigh injury and likely won’t fight until the summer against a “former UFC legend.” Sure it’s a stretch to say that Duffee is a UFC legend, but remember that these are those Crazy Russians talking and what else are they going to advertise him as, the ripped dude that got knocked out by that flabby Mike Russow guy?

What propagated the rumor, and it might be merely a coincidence, was that both Emelianenko and Duffee announced in the past 24-hours that they have “big news” to announce soon, presumably regarding their next respective fights. Considering that the once dominant Russian has been scraping the barrel of opponents since being dropped by Strikeforce following consecutive losses to Fabricio Werdum, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and Dan Henderson, it wouldn’t be a stretch to assume he’s fighting “The Duffman” next. Wins over an aging fighter like Jeff Monson and a future middleweight like Satoshi Ishii hardly convinced anyone that the old PRIDE-era Fedor is back. Not that a win over Duffee would silence his critics, but at least it would be a win over a fighter under 40 who is an actual heavyweight.

According to Duffee’s Wikipedia page, the fight is set for May, however M-1 mentioned last month that Fedor would likely fight next at a planned Monaco event in the summer, so take the news with a grain of salt.

Duffee hasn’t fought since being knocked out by Alistair Overeem at Dynamite!! 2010 back on December 31 of the same year. That fight was his first post-UFC outing after he was unceremoniously dropped following the loss to Russow. A win over Emelianenko could put him on the fast-track to an Octagon return.

On the flip side, a loss to Duffee would likely mean the end of Emelianenko’s once storied career.

Two questions: Are you guys interested in this fight, and if it does happen, who do you see taking it?

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Lesnarischamp- February 22, 2012 at 1:25 pm
maybe it's Ricco Rodriquez? Because Duffee = legend? ehh..
dude- February 22, 2012 at 7:03 am
Fedor wins by brutal KO 10 sec. into the 1st rd. Duffee has a glass chin and it'll be shattered by Fedor's wild punches.
ArmFarmer- February 22, 2012 at 6:50 am
Dalton, he was talking about Duffee's return to the octagon. You are right though, Henderson was his last loss before leaving strikeforce. This is cagepotato though, so ignore inaccuracies and just saying something obscene in the comments.. just because you can.
Deal_the_Seal- February 22, 2012 at 6:40 am
Sorry I was wrong... mixed it up.
Deal_the_Seal- February 22, 2012 at 6:37 am
Any idea why some people have the Duffee-Overeem fight as MMA in the statistics? It was a K1 rules kickboxing match (for about 90 seconds if i remember correctly).
KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- February 22, 2012 at 5:50 am
Maybe those crazy russians were talking about Mark Coleman....or maybe Keith Hackney! Make it happen M-1 you roosky bastards
DaltonSwayze- February 21, 2012 at 6:39 pm
Not to nitpick, but Fedor was let go after dropping three straight. Remember Henderson?

Also, he can't return to the Octagon, because he was never there.

That being said, Duffee looked like crap against Overeem, and I bet he looks like crap against Fedor
Get Off Me- February 21, 2012 at 5:53 pm
I can totally see why Todd Duffee needs TRT in that photo.
bootystar- February 21, 2012 at 4:54 pm
Dana might possibly resign over it
skeletor- February 21, 2012 at 4:45 pm
DW would not resign but use it as an example of how Fedor is and was even 10 yeas ago.
bootystar- February 21, 2012 at 3:52 pm
the loser becomes the ring boy for the other, In my world you get to ring what you win
myklhoey- February 21, 2012 at 3:43 pm
my 2 favoret fighta's are now chumps, rampage hasnt had a good performance in his last few fights, he talks about just wantin to put on good and excitin fights, regardless of weatha he wins or losses, dude aint put on a excitin fight in years,
and fedor, what the heck, he wont fight overeem cause he feels hes juiced up but duffy looks all natural,
and i am so happy that CP now has spell check, huh huh aint you all happy
Kid Clam Curtains- February 21, 2012 at 3:32 pm
*Duffee. Sorry, I used to have a roommate named Duffy. He was an asshole.
Kid Clam Curtains- February 21, 2012 at 3:31 pm
I'd watch this fight. Hopefully its in a place with a lax commission so Duffy can be juiced up like a gorilla.
Kimbos Bread- February 21, 2012 at 3:01 pm
duffee doesn't quite fit M-1's typical easy win-tailored fighters for Fedor