Todd Duffee's Blogs

  • Top 5 Stories of the Week By: Sherdog.com Staff

    Todd Duffee faces a serious fight outside the cage. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com



    The pain woke Todd Duffee in the middle of the night.

    “It felt like somebody stabbing me in my back,” he told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “I kind of freaked out. Should I go to the ER? What do I do? It was that kind of pain. I just couldn’t move. I could kind of lift my shoulder to a certain extent, but I couldn’t use my hand fully. I could like pulse it, but I couldn’t close it. I couldn’t pick up anything with it or anything like that.”

    The Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight sat on the edge of his bed trying to figure out what was happening to him. One guess was that he had pinched a nerve. Besides the knife in his back, pain was shooting up and down his arm and he felt numbness, too.

    “It was scary,” Duffee said. “I’m not even going to lie to you. I was like, ‘What is going [on]?’”

    Over the next few days, he saw several doctors and underwent various tests. Eventually, a neurologist diagnosed him with Parsonage-Turner syndrome, a rare disorder characterized by shoulder pain, neurological deficits, motor weakness and numbness.

    “It’s one of those moments where your whole perspective on life changes and you have to start kind of looking at things differently,” Duffee said.

    The stories of interest on Sherdog.com this week:

    Duffee’s Battle

    Arrested Development

    Exceeding Expectations

    Lights Out Left

    Soft Landing


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  • 'Beatdown' Special Report: Todd Duffee's Battle with Parsonage-Turner Syndrome By: Sherdog.com Staff

    TJ De Santis speaks with UFC heavyweight Todd Duffee about his ongoing battle with a nerve disorder called Parsonage–Turner syndrome. The American Kickboxing Academy product shares his story on why he has been away from the Octagon for nearly a year, and how his career was in serious jeopardy. Listen to this “Beatdown” Special Report here.

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  • Todd Duffee Doesn’t Stress Over Dislike By: Sherdog.com Staff




    Todd Duffee, on “Beatdown,” discussing whether fans have given him a fair shake:

    “I’m a hard personality to understand. People have certain expectations just by looking at me as the kind of character I’m going to have. I definitely think it doesn’t help having too much of an opinion and a personality, but for me, it’s just like, always stay true to yourself. The moment you’re not doing that, I think things tend to go south. I’m going to always be myself and I’m not going to tend to stress over that kind of stuff.”

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  • Podcast: Todd Duffee, Shannon Knapp By: Sherdog.com Staff

    TJ De Santis and Jeff Sherwood closed out 2012 with another edition of "Beatdown." Joining them was UFC heavyweight Todd Duffee and Invicta FC boss Shannon Knapp.

    Duffee made his return to the UFC cage Saturday night, defeating Philip Defries by first-round knockout. The American Kickboxing Academy product talked about his win, returning to the UFC and the perception fans have of him. Duffee also talked about his training partner Cain Velasquez recapturing the UFC heavyweight title.

    Knapp joined the program to talk about Invicta FC 4, which goes down on Saturday night in Kansas City, Kan. Knapp talked about this inaugural year for the all-female promotion and where they plan on going in the new year.

    De Santis and Sherwood also recapped UFC 155 and took listener calls, emails, and tweets. Listen to “Beatdown” here.

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  • Saturday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood



    Saturday



    1:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Part one of The Top 50 Moments of 2012. From one-punch knockouts to amazing submissions to come-from-behind victories, UFC TONIGHT's Kenny Florian takes us through moments 50-26 in this week's special.

    1:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Top 50 UFC Moments in 2012 Part 2 Relive the Top 50 UFC Moments in 2012, from 25 down to number one, as we count down the year's greatest events in mixed martial arts.

    2:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Munoz vs. Weidman
    Mark Munoz vs. Chris Weidman; Brandon Vera vs. James Te Huna; Jon Fitch vs. Aaron Simpson. From San Jose, Calif.

    5:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC 155: Junior dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez II Weigh-in
    Weigh-in for UFC 155: in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

    6:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Countdown 155: Junior dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez II
    Leading up to the Heavyweight title fight UFC 155: Junior dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez II.

    7:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Cain Valasquez vs. Junior dos Santos
    From the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

    7:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet Pacific: UFC Countdown
    Countdown to UFC 155

    7:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet West: UFC Countdown
    Countdown to UFC 155

    7:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet Ontario: UFC Countdown
    Countdown to UFC 155

    7:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet East: UFC Countdown
    Countdown to UFC 155

    7:30 p.m. ET AXS: Inside MMA
    The 2012 Bazzie Awards UFC ring girl Brittney Palmer helps Kenny and Bas and out the Bazzies.

    8:00 p.m. ET FX: UFC 155: Junior dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez II - Prelims
    Chris Leben vs. Derek Brunson, Brad Pickett vs. Eddie Wineland, Leonard Garcia vs. Max Holloway, Michael Johnson vs. Myles Jury, Philip De Fries vs. Todd Duffee, Byron Bloodworth vs. Erik Perez from Las Vegas, Nev.

    8:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet Pacific: UFC Preliminary Fights
    UFC 155 Prelims Chris Leben vs. Derek Brunson, Brad Pickett vs. Eddie Wineland, Leonard Garcia vs. Max Holloway, Michael Johnson vs. Myles Jury, Philip De Fries vs. Todd Duffee, Byron Bloodworth vs. Erik Perez from Las Vegas, Nev.

    8:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet West: UFC Preliminary Fights
    UFC 155 Prelims Chris Leben vs. Derek Brunson, Brad Pickett vs. Eddie Wineland, Leonard Garcia vs. Max Holloway, Michael Johnson vs. Myles Jury, Philip De Fries vs. Todd Duffee, Byron Bloodworth vs. Erik Perez from Las Vegas, Nev.

    8:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet Ontario: UFC Preliminary Fights
    UFC 155 Prelims Chris Leben vs. Derek Brunson, Brad Pickett vs. Eddie Wineland, Leonard Garcia vs. Max Holloway, Michael Johnson vs. Myles Jury, Philip De Fries vs. Todd Duffee, Byron Bloodworth vs. Erik Perez from Las Vegas, Nev.

    8:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet East: UFC Preliminary Fights
    UFC 155 Prelims Chris Leben vs. Derek Brunson, Brad Pickett vs. Eddie Wineland, Leonard Garcia vs. Max Holloway, Michael Johnson vs. Myles Jury, Philip De Fries vs. Todd Duffee, Byron Bloodworth vs. Erik Perez from Las Vegas, Nev.

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  • Sherdog Photo of the Day: Aug. 29 By: Sherdog.com Staff




    Aug. 29, 2009: Heavyweight prospect Todd Duffee began his brief Octagon stint with a 7-second knockout of Tim Hague at UFC 102. Photo by Dave Mandel.

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  • Mike Chiappetta Joins Press Row By: Jordan Breen

    Every Wednesday, Administrative Editor Jordan Breen welcomes a member of the mixed martial arts media into “Press Row” on the Sherdog.com blog. This week, Breen is joined by Mike Chiappetta of MMAFighting.com.

    Breen and Chiappetta discuss testosterone replacement therapy and its place within MMA, springboarding off of Chiappetta’s recent takeout feature on TRT. The two discuss the moral implications of these powerful hormones in sport, their usefulness outside of athletics, and the essential philosophical question of what kinds of people are “suitable” to take performance-enhancing drugs.

    The two also discuss what can be done on the regulatory side, the idea of an “even playing field” in sports, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Lasik eye surgery, scar tissue removal and much, much more.

    Grab your credential and get a seat in “Press Row.”

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  • Primer: New Year’s in Japan By: Jake Rossen



    Kazushi Sakuraba | Daniel Herbertson/Sherdog.com



    If Ryan Seacrest happened to be a major celebrity in Japan, he would eventually be offered a substantial sum to be beaten severely in any number of the country’s traditional New Year’s Eve fighting events. The Japanese watch television in huge numbers that night, and promotions have hired everyone from actors to pro wrestlers to fighters dressed in costumes in order to draw attention away from the standard music and variety programming.

    Does it work? For a long time, it did: any combination of Sumo, Bob Sapp, or Olympic champions would usually produce tremendous ratings. But the decline of real fighters and the increasing reluctance (possibly related to the shrinking pay stubs) of the “special attractions” has taken its toll.

    It’s a real sign of MMA’s erosion in Japan that only one event -- K-1’s Dynamite -- is actually airing New Year’s Eve; the more serious Sengoku takes place Dec. 30. In both cases, fans can see a series of competitive fights. But in K-1’s arena, the need for ratings will prompt the usual stunt work: Shinya Aoki will be facing Yuichiro Nagashima in a fight that alternates kickboxing rounds with MMA rules and Bob Sapp will be wrestling Sumo great Shinichi Suzukawa in an orchestrated entertainment-only intermission. Both are likely to dwarf the night’s most legitimate bout, a lightweight meeting between Strikeforce’s Josh Thomson and Tatsuya Kawajiri.

    Stateside, most of the attention has been directed at Todd Duffee taking a late-notice bout against Alistair Overeem. Duffee was touted as a UFC prospect before a shock KO at the hands of Mike Russow; reported head-butting with UFC management led to his release. But Duffee can strike, and he’s a few levels above the kind of competition you’d expect Overeem to accept only three weeks after a grueling K-1 tournament. Too good to believe, actually. Like most of the Japanese product, it’s subject to change.

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  • ESPN MMA Live: UFC 114 Preview

    MMA Live recaps Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery. Alistair Overeem retains his title with ease. Will Fedor Emelianenko be next for the champion?

    With the help of B.J. Penn, Sport Science looks at the science behind the submission. Heavyweight Todd Duffee also checks in prior to his return at UFC 114.

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  • A Day in the Life of Todd Duffee





    Video courtesy UFC via its official Youtube channel.

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