Former UFC fighter Todd Duffee took a huge gamble by taking on Strikeforce and K-1 heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem at short notice, and it clearly did not pay off.
Just 19 seconds into the first round Overeem KO’d Duffee after launching a savage knee to his midriff that stunned him, followed by a clipping right hand and a devastating left that left him crumpled in a heap against the ropes.
This was clearly far too much far too soon for the 25 year-old who only had seven pro fights before this and was facing a vastly more experienced opponent who’s known to be on of the most dangerous strikers on the planet.
It’s been a disasterous year for Duffee who was a hotly tipped prospect in the UFC in 2009 after producing the fatest KO in the promotion’s history (7 seconds) in his debut. The hype train quickly derailed when he was KO’d by Mike Russow in his last fight however, before being released by the UFC several months later for what Dana white termed as, “attitude problems.”
By contrast Overeem’s year couldn’t have gone any better. He successfully defended his Strikeforce heavyweight title in the summer before claiming the K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 title earlier this month, and now adding the DREAM interim heavyweight title to his collection.