Former UFC fighter Todd Duffee will return to Japan to face Nick Gaston at DREAM 17 on July 16th.

A year ago Duffee was one of the most promising up and coming fighters in the UFC’s heavyweight division with a 6-0 record and the record for the fastest KO in UFC history (7 seconds) under his belt, but he’s had a rough time of it since then.

A KO loss Mike Russow at UFC 114 took some of the wind out of his sails, and just months later he was unexpectedly handed his walking papers after the UFC became unhappy with the 25 year-old’s attitude.

Things went from bad to worse when he accepted a short notice fight against Alistair Overeem at Dynamite!! 2010 in Japan and was prompty KO’d in just 19 seconds.

So now Duffee has to start to rebuild his career from scratch, and the first step will be to look for a win against Gaston, who is also an up and coming fighter who’s produced a 5-0 (1nc) record to date fighting for the King Of The Cage promotion.

Gaston will see this as a chance to put his name on the map and attract the attention of the big U.S promotions, while for Duffee it’s simply a fight he can’t afford to lose.