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UFC 114 Preview: Todd Duffee Looks To Keep Rolling Against Mike Russow

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I_medium Let’s face it: Todd Duffee is the New Hotness. With his record-setting KO of Tim Hague at UFC 102, the 24-year-old announced his presence in the still relatively thin heavyweight division.

We know hardly anything about Duffee, yet I’m infatuated with him. I’m trying to glean something from his record, like the demolition of Assuerio Silva in barely a minute. But, I can’t and that’s okay. I repeatedly watch his fight with Hague, but there’s nothing to really learn. He came out fast with a high guard, pumped one stiff jab that dropped Hague, and then wailed on the poor guy like he was Scott Farkas from A Christmas Story. But that’s if Ralphie was 260 pounds of solid muscle.

All of his wins are by KO in the first round, which is awesome. Granted, we know nothing about his cardio but I doubt it will be an issue in this fight. That’s not to say Mike Russow is not a bad fighter, but I’m too caught up in the hype to give him a chance.

To his credit, Russow has victories over Roman Zentsov and Justin McCully in his UFC debut. The only footage I’ve seen of Russow, though, is Sergei Kharitonov’s quick dispatching of him via armbar at PRIDE 33. That’s the lone loss on a record that sports 12 victories, eight of those by submission. Russow isn’t a "can" to use the common parlance, but I think Todd Duffee will simply overwhelm him.

Hopefully, Duffee will show us a little more of his skill set in this outing. I expect him to take whatever he picked up at Xtreme Couture right across the cage, dump Russow on the mat, and pound his face like he’s the protagonist in a Tarantino revenge flick. If it lasts more than half of the first round, I’ll eat my hat.