Todd Duffee, once the hottest shit on Sherdog.net since Sokoudjou, has been released by the UFC for being a dick and pissing off Dana White somehow.
Sources around the young heavyweight are being very tight-lipped about what earned him his marching orders but many believe his recent comments about being broke and needing to find a second job have not gone down well with the UFC.
Duffee also took a part in a movie – the sequel to Never Back Down – which begins filming this month and is scheduled to wrap in November. Duffee plays a fighter in the film, but had pulled out of an October fight with John Madsen at UFC 121 citing a lingering knee injury.
With Duffee’s manager referencing Dana White in his text message, that points to there being at least one very specific reason for Duffee’s removal from the roster. Gross’ opinion is that it “sounds like accumulation of things led UFC to release Todd Duffee. Overall attitude probably being at the top.”
It doesn’t take a lot to get on the bad side of the UFC and one guaranteed way to do it is to complain about money. That’s how Roger Huerta went from being Zuffa’s Hispanic Gina Carano to being frozen out and dumped in the speed of one interview with Fight! magazine. If it was just the money comments, I’d feel pretty bad for Duffee. This wasn’t a situation where he was sitting there wearing a $300 Gatsby hat bitching about having to do free press. The man was dealing with being totally broke-ass after a year of living off scraps.
But apparently there was more to it than that, and the final straw certainly seems to be attached to ditching out of his fight with John Madsen. It’s not too hard to imagine Dana flipping out on that if he thought Duffee was trying to pull a Rampage so he could be in some stupid movie.