In somewhat of a surprise move, the UFC has brought back once-promising heavyweight prospect Todd Duffee to face Phil DeFries at UFC 155. Duffee last fought in the UFC at UFC 114, where he was on the wrong end of a dramatic comeback by Mike Russow. The UFC announced the matchup on the heels of Chris Weidman’s injury.
Duffee has gone 1-1 since leaving the promotion, taking an extended absence between a crushing loss to Alistair Overeem at DREAM ‘s Dynamite!! 2010 and a TKO over Neil Grove this past April in India.
DeFries was originally supposed to meet Matt Mitrione at UFC 155 but the bout was changed when Mitrione was tabbed to replace an injured Shane Carwin, opposite Roy Nelson, at the TUF 16 Finale.
The UFC’s yearend fight card will take place December 29 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The UFC 155 bill will be headlined by a heavyweight title rematch between UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos and former champion Cain Velasquez.