A heavyweight matchup between top prospect Todd Duffee (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and near-12-year veteran Mike Russow (12-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is in the works for UFC 114.
The bout was first reported by The Times of Northwest Indiana’s Caged In MMA site, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has since confirmed that both fighters have verbally agreed to the matchup, and bout agreements are expected to be signed shortly.
Although not yet officially announced by the organization, UFC 114 is expected to take place on May 29 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in conjunction with the UFC’s second-ever fan expo.
Duffee seeks to build on the momentum of a shocking, seven-second knockout win over Tim Hague at UFC 102 this past August. The win was officially recorded as the fastest knockout in UFC history.
A back injury has kept the 24-year-old sidelined since his UFC debut, though he has relocated his training from Georgia to Las Vegas in the interim.
Duffee has earned all six of his career wins by knockout or TKO, and five of the victories have come in the first round.
Meanwhile, Russow hopes to build on the momentum of his first UFC win, which also came at UFC 102. Russow’s victory was earned via unanimous decision in a much-slower-paced matchup against Justin McCully.
The win was Russow’s eighth-straight victory. The 33-year-old put together his current run after suffering his lone career loss to Sergei Kharitonov at PRIDE 33 in February 2007.
Eight of Russow’s 12 career wins have been earned by submission.