Todd Duffee’s last fight lasted just seven seconds, but though this one lasted far longer the result seemed in little doubt in the first two rounds as he laid siege to Mike Russow with numerous punches including some vicious uppercuts, while stuffing Russow’s attempts to ground him.
Duffee appeared to be living up to the hype that has surrounded him, showing good technique, speed and all-round athleticism, but despite that he could not find a way to put his opponent away as he had done in his last fight, with Russow showing remarkable punch resistance.
In the third round we appeared to be heading for more of the same, but out of nowhere, after having barely thrown a meaningful strike in the entire contest, Russow suddenly connected with an overhand right from hell which felled the 6ft 3″ Duffee and left him spreadeagled motionless on the mat.
Russow appeared as stunned as anyone as he realized that he’d just secured one of the most memorable come-from-behind victories in UFC history.
It was far from an impressive overall performance from Russow who acknowledged as much in the post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, but the end result was remarkable and takes him to nine fights unbeaten and 2-0 in the UFC.
For Duffee this was a terrible ending to what had been up until that point a very good showing. It also marks his first loss, but at 24 years old he still has plenty of time to bounce back and have a bright future in the heavyweight division.