“(Withdrawing) was one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make,”
said Duffee, who would not disclose the nature of his injury.
Duffee, 23, burst onto the UFC scene with a record-setting
seven-second knockout of Tim Hague at
UFC 102 in August. The undefeated heavyweight, who recently
relocated to Las Vegas to attend the University of Nevada-Las
Vegas, hopes to be back in action by early 2010.
“It was a fight I was really looking forward to,” Buentello told
Sherdog.com on Tuesday. “We really matched up well.”
Buentello will make his UFC return on Dec. 12 after nearly four
years away from the Octagon. The 35-year-old heavyweight has
rattled off an impressive 12-2 record over the past six years with
his only defeats coming in title matches against Andrei
Arlovski (in the UFC) and Alistair
Overeem (in Strikeforce.)
Russow, 33, earned a unanimous decision victory over Justin
McCully in his UFC debut in August. Russow, a Chicago police
officer by day, has tallied 12 wins in 13 professional bouts.
The 21-year-old Struve has shown quite a bit of promise in his
young MMA career. The towering 6-foot-11 Dutchman submitted
Gormley with a first-round triangle choke at UFC 104 on Oct. 24
to earn “Submission of the Night” honors by the promotion.