Former UFC heavyweight Todd Duffee is coming out of retirement.
Duffee, 37, revealed Wednesday on The MMA Hour that he has signed with KSW and is set to challenge for the promotion’s heavyweight title against Phil De Fries on Feb. 25 at KSW 79.
“Who else are you going to call to besides an American to come save the heavyweight division for KSW?” Duffee joked on The MMA Hour.
Duffee did not fight since the Sept. no contest due to an accident eye poke at Jeff Hughes at UFC Fight Night Cowboy vs. Gaethje. Once considered a top heavyweight prospect, Duffee compiled a 3-2 (1 NC) UFC record over two different stints with the organization from 2009-10 and 2012-19, but dealt with several multi-year layoffs during his career due to injuries and a variety of outside-of-the-cage circumstances.
Duffee made his UFC debut beating Tim Hague in 2009,. This is still the fastest knockout UFC heavyweight history has seen.
His second date with De Fries will take place at KSW 79. The two previously met in late 2012 at UFC 155, with Duffy scoring a first-round stoppage that earned Knockout of the Night honors.
De Fries has seen a huge turnaround in his career. The 36-year-old rides a 10-fight win streak into his eighth defense of the KSW heavyweight title at KSW 79 — a run that includes stoppage wins over UFC veterans Luis Henrique and Darko Stosic, as well as two victories over former KSW light heavyweight champion Tomasz Narkun.
KSW 79 is held at Liberec’s Home Credit Arena, Czech Republic.